On October 31, the Election Commission asked all the political parties to submit their advertisements before the Election Commissioner. Bhartiya Janta Party came up with one more ad which the Election Commission found in violation of the code of conduct.
The advertisement from BJP raised questions against current Bihar Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar’s silence over controversial remarks made by his allies on the beef issue.
The ad said, “Chief Minister you kept quiet when your allies were repeatedly insulting the holy cow.”
Taking action against the advertisement, the Election Commission stated, “Certain advertisements of offending nature have been brought to the notice of the Commission, which have been published in some prominent news papers in Bihar on November 04, 2015.”
The Commission went on to add, “In order that no such instance is repeated on the date of the poll which is to take place tomorrow (November 05), and no untoward incident takes place because of any inflammatory or hate advertisements, the Commission, in exercise of its powers under Article 324 of the Constitution and all other powers enabling it in this behalf, hereby directs that no political party or candidate or any other organization or person shall publish any advertisement in the news papers tomorrow, (November 05, 2015) unless the contents of the advertisement proposed to be published are pre-certified by them from the MCMC Committee at the State/District level, as the case may be.”
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