EC issues notice to Dilip Ghosh, Supriya Shrinate  


The MCC came into force on March 16 with the commission announcing the schedule for the Lok Sabha elections…reports Asian Lite News

The Election Commission on Wednesday slapped show-cause notices on BJP leader Dilip Ghosh and Congress leader Supriya Shrinate for their offensive remarks against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Kangana Ranaut respectively.

Ranaut has been fielded by the BJP from Himachal Pradesh’s Mandi Lok Sabha seat for the parliamentary elections.

Their remarks were “undignified and in bad taste”, the Election Commission (EC) said.

The poll panel said that prima facie, the two remarks were violative of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) and its advisory to political parties to maintain dignity during electioneering.

The MCC came into force on March 16 with the commission announcing the schedule for the Lok Sabha elections.

The two leaders have been asked to respond to the show-cause notices by March 29 evening. The EC took action against Shrinate following a complaint by the BJP that alleged she had posted a picture of Ranaut along with “derogatory remarks” on social media platform X.

According to the EC notice, she had posted: “Kya bhav chal raha hai Mandi mein, koi batayega?” The notice to West Bengal BJP leader Ghosh was issued after the Trinamool Congress (TMC) approached the commission.

According to the English translation of Ghosh’s remark, as provided by the EC in its notice, he had said: “When Didi goes to Goa, she becomes Goa’s daughter, in Tripura, she says I am Tripura’s daughter, decide who is your father, this is not right”.

The EC said on careful examination, the comment has been found to be offensive, insulting and prima facie, violative of the provisions of the MCC and the commission’s advisory issued earlier this month.

The poll authority reminded the two leaders of the provision of the MCC which states that criticism of other political parties, when made, shall be confined to their policies and programme, past record and work.

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