Election Commission of India has banned two political newspaper advertisements from Bhartiya Janta Party in Patna. In a letter to the Election Commissioner, the matter was highlighted that BJP was violating the model of code of conduct.
The Election Commissioner has advised Bihar Election Commissioner to make sure that these advertisements are not published further. The Commission has perused the said advertisements which appeared under the heading: ‘Vote ki Kheti’ and ‘Daliton Ki thali’.
The Commission is of the view that both the advertisements have the potential of aggravating differences between different classes of citizens of India and also creating mutual hatred, ill-will and disharmony.
The Commission has directed under Article 3;24 of the Constitution that Chief Electoral Officer, Bihar, shall direct the newspaper in which these advertisements have appeared, not to publish/re-publish these advertisements or advertisements of similar nature in their newspapers title the completion of election process in the State of Bihar.
Likewise, Chief Electoral Officer, Bihar, shall also direct the State President of Bhartiya Janata Party to ensure that the two advertisements and also other advertisements of similar nature are not published both in print and electronic media till the completion of election process in the State of Bihar.
The Chief Electoral Officer, Bihar, should also direct the District Magistrate Patna to look into the matter as to whether the provisions of Section 27A of the Representation of people Act, 1951 have been duly complied with by the printer and publisher of these two advertisements and if not, necessary penal action should be initiated against the defaulters.
Both the ads were published in leading newspaper in Bihar.