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EC for equal opportunities to parties for ads

The Election Commission on Saturday directed Delhi Metro and the city transport department to provide equal opportunities to all political parties by giving space for political advertisements prior to the February 7 Assembly polls. The poll panel in its order also instructed the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation to issue necessary directions to contractors of feeder buses to remove political advertisements displayed on such buses.

The order was issued after a meeting held on Saturday by the Delhi Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) with officials of the DMRC and transport department. Ahead of the Assembly elections, Delhi Metro has turned into an electoral battlefield with the BJP and the AAP putting up about 3,000 advertising panels in the coaches of almost 40 trains. While the AAP advertisements focus solely on its convenor Arvind Kejriwal, visuals of Narendra Modi dominate the BJP ads. The Congress has not put up any advertisement so far.

Political advertisements in the Delhi Metro, which has an estimated daily ridership of almost 27 lakh, made its debut before the last Lok Sabha polls.
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