Between the assembly elections in five states (Election 2021), the Election Commission (EC) has issued a notice to eight newspapers in Assam (Assam). It claimed that the BJP would win all the 47 seats where the first phase of voting was held on Saturday. While giving this information, the officials said that these advertisements were printed in the news format, hence notice has been sent to these newspapers.
Officials said that a notice was sent to the newspapers following a complaint from the Congress. In this complaint, the Congress alleged that the advertisement was in violation of the Election Commission’s directives, the Election Code of Conduct and the Representation of the People Act, 1951.
In the notice, Assam Chief Electoral Officer Nitin Khad asked the auditors to send the report by 7 pm on Monday, in which their position was explained. Officials said that newspapers have submitted their reports, which have now been sent to the Election Commission.
Earlier, the Assam unit of the Congress gave a complaint against Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, BJP national president JP Nadda, state BJP chief Ranjit Kumar Das and eight leading newspapers who allegedly published advertisements in the “news format” “And in which it was claimed that the party would win all the seats which were voted on 27 March.
The complaint was lodged at Dispur police station on Sunday night. Niran Bora, chairman of the Assam State Congress Committee (AICC) legal department, said, “This is an open violation of the Model Code of Conduct by BJP leaders, the provisions of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 and the guidelines of the Election Commission and media conduct issued by the commission.” “
He said that BJP leaders are realizing that they are losing elections, so they are adopting illegal and unconstitutional methods to influence the voters.
Bora said, “The advertisements were placed on the front page of the newspapers to influence the minds of the voters and these intentional, malicious advertisements are a clear violation of Section 126A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 for two years imprisonment and fine.” Is a punishable offense. “
The state Congress on Sunday filed a complaint against the publication of the advertisements to the Chief Electoral Officer of Assam and the All India Congress Committee (AICC) to the Election Commission and urged immediate action against the BJP and newspapers.
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