CEO's office to issue second show-cause notice to Babul
Kolkata: The office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) in the state may issue a show-cause notice for the second time to BJP MP Babul Supriyo, in connection with him releasing a theme song that carries some subtle charges against Trinamool Congress.
The commission had earlier show-caused him for releasing the theme song of the party without prior permission from the Election Commission. The commission may serve another notice to Supriyo as his clarifications do not apparently appear to be convincing enough.
Meanwhile, BJP state president Dilip Ghosh, who is contesting the Lok Sabha elections from Midnapore, triggered controversy after he allegedly danced to the tunes of Supriyo's song during a rally in Kharagpur.
The commission had earlier instructed him to stop singing the theme song and also asked him to remove the song from the social media platforms and the internet.
A senior official of the state CEO's office clearly stated: "No advertorial can be released after the notification of election without prior permission of the commission. Supriyo had no such permission for singing a theme song."
It may be mentioned here that releasing a theme song after the election notification is a clear violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC), as Supriyo did not obtain any permission from commission's media cell and had no media certification in this regard either.
Trinamool Congress also lodged a complaint with the commission and submitted a CD of the song. Trinamool leaders alleged that the song carries some subtle charges against their party. The video also allegedly propagates that the lotus, the symbol of BJP, will bloom in Bengal. Following this, the commission took an objection and started its proceedings against Supriyo.
West Burdwan Students' Library Coordination Committee also lodged an FIR against Supriyo at the local police station, soon after the video went viral on social media. Supriyo had, however, claimed that he did not violate the Model Code of Conduct.