ECI points notices to Assam newspapers over BJP commercial

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ECI points notices to Assam newspapers over BJP commercial

The Election Fee of India (ECI) has issued notices to eight newspapers of Assam which carried an commercial of the BJP within the type of a headline claiming that the celebration will win all 47 seats the place elections have been held within the first section on Saturday, officers stated.

The notices have been despatched to the newspapers following a criticism filed by Congress alleging that the commercial violated a directive of the ECI, the mannequin code of conduct for the election and the Illustration of Individuals Act, 1951.

Within the notices, Assam Chief Electoral Officer Nitin Khade requested the newspapers to ship a report clarifying their place to the Fee by 7 pm on Monday.

The newspapers have additionally submitted their studies which have been forwarded to the ECI, officers stated.

The Congress’ Assam unit had filed a criticism in opposition to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, celebration president J P Nadda and state unit chief Ranjeet Kumar Dass together with eight main newspapers, which revealed on Sunday an commercial within the format of newspaper headlines claiming the celebration’s win in all seats for which polls have been held on March 27.

The criticism was filed on the Dispur police station on Sunday night time.

The state Congress’ authorized division chairman Niran Borah stated, “This can be a blatant violation of the Mannequin Code of Conduct (MCC), Illustration of Individuals Act, 1951, related directions and media insurance policies issued by the Election Fee of India, by the leaders and members of the BJP, who after realising that their defeat is inevitable has resorted to determined unlawful and unconstitutional strategies to affect the voters throughout the state.”

The ads have been introduced in a way on the entrance web page of the newspapers to “prejudice the thoughts of the voters and this deliberate, malicious and mala fide set of ads is in clear violation of Part 126A of the Illustration of Individuals Act, 1951, which is punishable by two years of imprisonment and advantageous”, he added.

The ECI had prohibited the dissemination of any type of prediction/dissemination of reports associated to election outcomes of Assam between 7 am of March 27 and seven:30 pm of April 29, Borah stated.

The publication of huge scale ads by the BJP “falsely predicting the end result of the present meeting election of their favour additionally quantities to direct violation of the instruction”, he stated.

The state Congress had filed a criticism with the Assam Chief Electoral Officer and the AICC with the ECI in opposition to the publication of the ads on Sunday urging instant motion in opposition to the BJP and the newspapers.

Congress state president Ripun Bora on Monday accused the BJP leaders of “being confused” and making an attempt to mislead the individuals of Assam and conceal their failure by placing up fabricated ads in newspapers claiming that they may win all of the seats in Higher Assam.

If the BJP leaders so positive of successful all of the seats within the first section, why did they should spend crores of rupees by placing up ads in newspapers, Bora stated in a press convention right here.

The main English, Assamese, Hindi and Bengali newspapers that revealed the ads embrace The Assam Tribune, Asomiya Pratidin, Aamar Asom, Niyomia Barta, Asomiya Khabor, Dainik Asam, Dainik Jugasankha and Dainik Purvodaya.

Elections to 39 seats shall be held within the second section on April 1 and 40 within the third and last section on April six.

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