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

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HP Congress complaint to elections commission against modi and nadda

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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Himachal BJP Chief Satti Barred from Campaigning by EC for MCC Violation

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Shimla-The Election Commission of India has barred Himachal Pradesh BJP chief Satpal Singh Satti from campaigning for 48 hours. This prohibition would begin from 10 am tomorrow onwards for two days for violating the Model Code of Conduct.

This makes him the first such leader from Himachal Pradesh who was barred from campaigning for violating MCC.

Satti had used an obscene slur for Congress chief Rahul Gandhi while addressing a public meeting in Shimla constituency’s Ramshahar in Nalagarh sub-division on April 14, 2019.  The EC had taken strict note of it and had issued a notice. Satti had filed a reply justifying himself that he was merely narrating a Facebook comment made by some other person. He also alleged media of presenting edited video clip with manipulations. However, this justification failed to appeal to the EC as the word used by Satti was highly derogatory.  

Also, it was alleged that Satti had made objectionable remarks over religious sect Radha Swami, for which he had also apologized.

Here is what Satti Had Said About Rahul Gandhi:

A couple of video clips were shared on social media after someone recorded his address on mobile cameras. 

However, Satti is yet to receive a response to the reply he has filed to a second notice served to him by EC for again making objectionable comments about Priyanka Vadra dressing and Rahul Gandhi’s bachelorhood in public meeting in Una.  The second notice was sent on the basis of video footage recorded by EC’s video surveillance team.

Himachal Pradesh Congress had launched a statewide protest against Satti along with submission of a complaint to the EC. An FIR was also lodged against Satti in relation to his derogatory comments.  Effigies were burnt at various places. Youth wing of the State Congress had smeared black paint on the face of Satti in BJP posters in Shimla. Former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh had gone to the extent of saying that Satti had lost his mental balance.

State BJP leaders have so far avoided condemning Satti’s remarks, which also drew criticism from the opposition.

BJP leaders like Shanta Kumar, however, defended Satti. Shanta said Satti had apologized for his remarks. However, Satti had only apologized to Radha Swami organization. He had refused to apologize to Rahul Gandhi. He maintained that Rahul had also been addressing PM Modi as Chowkidar Chor or Chore while addressing rallies and public meetings.

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Black Paint Smeared on HP BJP Chief’s Face in Posters, Congress Also Files Police Complaint

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Black Paint Smeared on Satpal Satti's Posters in Shimla

Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) has filed a complaint to police for lodging an FIR against Satpal Singh Satti, President of BJP HP, for making derogatory remarks and statements against INC President Rahul Gandhi. Congress said this news was also published by various newspapers on Monday.

HPCC has already made a call for state-wide protest against Satti on April 16.

At the same time, the obscene remarks have angered the State Youth Congress. Workers of Youth Congress were smearing black paint on Satti’s face on BJP poster in Shimla as a protest. Workers can also be seen in the video writing ‘Besharm Satti’ (Shameless) on BJP posters.

The State President of Youth Congress, Manish Thakur, has made a call do the same with BJP chief’s face on posters across the State. All workers across Himachal should boycott and burn effigies of Satti in their respective constituencies, he said.

In its complaint, HPCC said that on April 14, 2019, Satpal Singh Satti was addressing a public meeting organised at Ramshaher of  Nalagarh Vidhan Sabha Assembly in District Solan. During his address, he allegedly passed derogatory remarks against Rahul Gandhiji and former UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi. These remarks were highly defamatory and against women’s dignity, Congress said in its complaint. It also alleged that the objectionable remarks used by Satti are also in gross violation of the guidelines laid down by Election Commission of India.

The unparliamentary language used by Satti while delivering the speech in this meeting tarnishes the image of AICC President Rahul Gandhi, the complaint said.

 The abusive remarks used against Sonia Gandhi are damaging the public image of a woman, who is given the utmost importance in the Social Indian setup, it said.

These remarks would tarnish the image of Congress Party in India as well as in Himachal, the complaint said.  Congress also complained that Satti has committed a criminal offence by passing derogatory remarks and has also violated the guidelines issued by Election Commission of India for smooth conduction of elections.  Some cuttings from today’s Dallies were also attached with the complaint.

Satti, as per a PTI report, refused to apologize for the remarks, and said he was merely reading contents of a comment posted by someone on social media.  Instead, he said Rahul Gandhi and Congress leaders should apologise for using ‘chor’ word for PM.

I have narrated an incident while addressing a public meeting in Nalagarh tehsil of Solan district whereby a derogatory remark was made against Rahul in retaliation of using ‘chor’ word for PM in a viral social media message,

he told PTI.

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Himachal BJP Chief Caught on Camera Passing Obscene Remarks at Rahul Gandhi

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Satpal Singh Satti's abusive remark on rahul gandhi

Shimla-Satpal Singh Satti, the president of Bhartiya Janata Party’s Himachal Pradesh unit, was caught on camera passing obscene remarks at INC President Rahul Gandhi Gandhi.  He was addressing a public meeting of SC morcha in Shimla constituency’s Ramshahar in Nalagarh sub-division on April 14, 2019.

Satti has defended it arguing that he only read a comment made on Rahul Gandhi by some Facebook user. He said he only wanted to convey that if Rahul Gandhi can address the Prime Minister as “Chowkidar Chor Hai” from the public stage, he should be ready to face similar derogatory remarks.

However, Satti’s language registered a new low in the battle of political statements ahead of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019.   

A couple of video clips were shared on social media after someone recorded his address on mobile cameras. 

The State unit of Congress and its leaders have sought an public apology from the BJP Chief and warned him that this matter would be taken to the Election Commission of India. State Congress unit has made a call for statewide protest on April 16.

Afraid of losing elections, Congress said, BJP is deliberately trying to divert the attention of the people from real issues.

We are taking the opinion of our legal cell. Subsequently, we may file a formal complaint against him with the EC,

a Congress Spokesperson said.

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