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Complaint to EC against Modi, Nadda, Dhumal for violating Code of Conduct

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These statements have been published in October 28 and 29 editions of various news paper like Danik Jagran, Divya Himachal, Danika Bhaskar, Amar Ujala, Danik Tribune, Hindustand Times etc.  

Shimla: A delegation of the Congress has filed a complaint to the Election Commission alleging the top leaders of the Bhartiya Janata Party including the Prime Minister of blatant violation of the model Code of Conduct during campaigning in Himachal Pradesh. 

The Congress has enclosed copies of national English dailies that carried advertisements with the photos of the PM Modi in their October 29 editions.   

The Congress delegation headed by the Member of Parliament Gaurav Gogoi, G.Rudra Raju, AICC Coordinator, and I.N. Mehta said that as per the Code of Conduct, no advertisement can be issued to influence the voters of a poll-bound state.

The advertisements published in The Tribune and the Hindu on October 30, 2017, carry the photographs of the PM Modi, who is one of the BJP’s star campaigners for the elections,

said the delegation in its complaint.

The newspapers containing these advertisements have been circulated in the State to influence the voters, it said.

Further, the Congress alleged Nadda and former-Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal of indulging in defamatory and derogatory speeches, thus, violating the provisions of the model code of conduct relating to conduct of political parties and candidates during the elections. It applies to the speeches of the leaders too.

The Union Health Minister has made derogatory and irresponsible statements, personal remarks and defamatory statements against the “high-esteemed” Congress leader and Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Virbhadra Singh,

alleged the Congress.

These statements have been published in October 28 and 29 editions of various news paper like Danik Jagran, Divya Himachal, Danika Bhaskar, Amar Ujala, Danik Tribune, Hindustand Times etc.  

By doing so, both Nadda and Dhumal have violating all these provisions during their campaign, alleged the ruling party.

The Congress complained that the code of conduct prohibits the leaders contesting the elections from making derogatory, defamatory and personal remarks in public meetings.

The Congress has demanded the EC to take immediate action against the said leaders as per rules of the model code of conduct and guidelines issued by Indian EC.

The party has also appealed the EC to issue guidelines to the concerned newspaper agencies asking them to refrain from publishing such advertisements till the election is over.    

The elections to the HP Legislative Assembly were announced by the Election Commission of India on October 12, 2017 and Code of Conduct came into effect from the same date.  

The said senior leaders are the BJP’s star campaigners.  Amid diluting wave of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it has become a challenge for BJP to offer any alternative face that could win these assembly elections for the party.

The only way to influence the voters that the opposition is to rub salt on wounds of Congress and the Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh.  

Moreover, mud-slinging has always been one of the tools to distract media and public from real issues irrespective of political parties.

 

 

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HP ByPolls 2021: No Big Guns in BJP Star Campaigners’ List   

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HP Bye Polls BJP star campaigner list

Shimla-Following the completion of the round for filing nominations for Himachal Pradesh Bye-Polls 2021 for Mandi Lok Sabha seat and three Assembly constituencies – Arki, Fatehpur, and Jubbal-Kotkhai, Bharatiya Janata Party has also released the list of its star campaigners.

The opposition Congress had already released the list that included names of Kanahaiya Kumar, who has been newly inducted into the party. Other than that, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Chief Minister of Punjab Charan Singh Channi, Raj Babbar, and Sachin Pilot were also on the list among other names.

Also Read: List of Congress Star Campaigners for HP Bye-Polls 2021

It was being speculated that big guns like Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, JP Nadda etc could be on the list of star campaigners, however, any such names were missing. Anurag Thakur is the only Union Minister who would be campaigning in Himachal. BJP has also not included the name of MP Kishan Kapoor. The party is relying mostly on local leadership.

BJP’s list of star campaigners for HP ByePolls 2021 includes the following leaders:

Suresh Kashyap

Jairam Thakur

Shanta Kumar

Prem Kumar Dhumal

Anuraag Thakur

Avinash Rai Khanna

Sanjay Tandon

Mehndra Singh Thakur

Suresh Bharadwaj

Virendra Kanwar

Bikarm Singh Thakur

Govind Singh Thakur

Rajeev Sahjal

Sukhram Chaudhary

Rakesh Pathania

Rajeev Bindal

Sushree Indu Goswami

Trilok Jamval

Trilok Kapur

Rakesh Jamval

 

 

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HP ByPolls 2021: Total 24 Candidates File Nominations, Including Chetan Bragta as Independent Candidate

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HP bye-Polls 2021 nominations

Shimla-Nominations for Himachal Pradesh By-Elections 2021 were filed on Friday by a total of 24 candidates, of which four are substitute candidates and nine independent. Two candidates of the Himachal Jan Kranti Party have also filed nominations from the Mandi Lok Sabha seat and the Fatehpur Assembly constituency. The remaining one nomination was filed by the candidate of Rashtriya Lok Neeti Party from Mandi Lok Sabha seat.

Today was the last day for filing nominations.

The nominations would be scrutinized on October 11, and October 13 would be the last date to withdraw nominations. The polling would be held on October 30. 

While Congress has played safe and facing lesser in-fighting over the distribution of tickets, BJP faced resistance on all three Assembly seats – Arki, Jubbal-Kotkhai, and Fatehpur.

While BJP managed to convince two of its miffed leaders from Arki and Fatehpur to not file nominations as independent candidates, it couldn’t stop Chetan Bragta – son of former MLA Narender Bragta-from revolting. Bragta filed his nomination as an independent candidate from the Jubbal-Kotkhai Assembly seat where BJP had picked Neelam Seraik over him. A large procession followed Bragta while he filed the nomination. His supporters even blocked the road for Seraik who was on her way to file the nomination. Bragta’s supporters also shouted slogans against Suresh Bhardwaj, who is in-charge of the Jubbal-Kotkhai constituency for these bye-elections.

It’s pertinent to mention that Narender Bragta and Suresh Bhardwaj didn’t enjoy good political relations. When Bhardwaj was given charge of this constituency for the bye-elections, the decision had raised the eyebrows of supporters of Bragta. In this constituency, BJP is likely to face a hard time claiming a victory if it couldn’t convince Bragta to withdraw his nomination.

However, BJP leadership managed to convince Govind Sharma and Kripal Parmar, who were miffed over being denied ticket from Arki and Fatehpur seats respectively, to not jump into the fray as rebels.

 HP ByPolls 2021: INC and BJP Candidates from Three Assembly Constituencies 

Assembly Constituency

INC

BJP

Jubbal-Kotkhai (Shimla)

Rohit Thakur 

Neelam Seraik

Arki (Solan)

Ratan Singh Pal

Sanjay Awasthi 

Fatehpur (Kangra)

Bhawani Singh Pathania 

Baldev Thakur

     

 

INC and BJP Candidates from One Lok Sabha Seat

Mandi Lok Sabha Seat 

INC

BJP

       
 

Pratibha Singh 

Brig (Retired) Kushal Chand

     
             
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HP ByPolls 2021: Congress Star Campaigners List Out, Includes Kanhaiya Kumar Too

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Shimla-Ahead of Himachal Pradesh By-Elections 2021 to be held on October 30, the political environment is charging up in the state. Friday is the last date for filing nominations and most of the candidates have completed this formality. Today, Pratibha Singh – INC candidate from Mandi Lok Sabha seat also filed nomination.

The round for political rallies, public meetings, and door-to-door campaigning has also been kicked off. As usual, star campaigners from outside and within the state would campaign for the candidates.  

HP Congress has issued the list of star campaigners. This list also included newly inducted left-wing face Kanhaiya Kumar. Other than that, Punjab’s new Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Chaani and Navjot Singh Sidhu are also on the list.

Though the Election Commission has issued directions regarding strict adherence to Covid-19 norms and put some restrictions on gatherings and rallies, it’s to be seen whether the parties would comply with them or not. The number of Star Campaigners was restricted to 20 for these bye-elections for National /State recognized parties and 10 for unrecognized registered parties in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Also Read: All HP By-Polls 2021 Guidelines and Covid Protocols That Are Likely to be Eschewed

Following Leaders Would Campaign in Himachal for INC:

 

Bhupesh Baghel

Charanjit Singh Chaani

Bhupinder Singh Hooda

Anand Sharma

Rajeev Shukla

Raj Babbar

Asha Kumari

Dhaniaram Shandil

Sachin Pilot

Gurkirat Singh Kotli

Navjot Singh Sdhu

Sanjay Dutt

Thakur Kaul Singh

Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu

Kuldeep Singh Rathore

Mukesh Agnihotri

Rajender Rana

Dharamvir Singh Rana

Kanhaiya Kumar

Vikramaditya Singh 

 
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