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EC seeks report from DEO on BJP playing 'banned' theme song

EC seeks report from DEO on BJP playing banned theme song

Kolkata: The Election Commission has sought a detailed report from the District Election Officer (DEO) of West Burdwan, on playing of BJP's controversial theme song sung by its Asansol MP Babul Supriyo.

It was alleged that Supriyo and other BJP leaders in West Burdwan have been playing the song despite the ban imposed on it by the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO). The election officials also instructed the DEO of West Burdwan to take necessary steps in order to check playing of the controversial song.

Supriyo had played the song during his election rallies on Sunday and Monday, flouting the guidelines issued by the CEO's office. This has led to a political slugfest ahead of the elections. Various parties including Trinamool Congress have urged the commission to take steps against the outgoing Asansol MP.

Meanwhile, senior BJP leader Mukul Roy claimed at the CEO's office on Monday that there are no derogatory lines in the song and hence the Election Commission of India has already cleared the Hindi version of their party's theme song.

Supriyo, however, mentioned that he is yet to receive any letter from the Election Commission, saying that the theme song has been banned. The Election commission had, however, issued a ban on the song immediately after it found it to be derogatory in nature.

The commission had instructed the state BJP leaders to change the lyrics and language of the song, as it had found some subtle attacks on Trinamool Congress and its supremo Mamata Banerjee, in the song's lyrics.

The release of the song was a gross violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC), as Supriyo had not taken any prior permission from the commission in this regard.

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Kolkata: The Election Commission has sought a detailed report from the District Election Officer (DEO) of West Burdwan, on playing of BJP's controversial theme song sung by its Asansol MP Babul Supriyo.

It was alleged that Supriyo and other BJP leaders in West Burdwan have been playing the song despite the ban imposed on it by the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO). The election officials also instructed the DEO of West Burdwan to take necessary steps in order to check playing of the controversial song.

Supriyo had played the song during his election rallies on Sunday and Monday, flouting the guidelines issued by the CEO's office. This has led to a political slugfest ahead of the elections. Various parties including Trinamool Congress have urged the commission to take steps against the outgoing Asansol MP.

Meanwhile, senior BJP leader Mukul Roy claimed at the CEO's office on Monday that there are no derogatory lines in the song and hence the Election Commission of India has already cleared the Hindi version of their party's theme song.

Supriyo, however, mentioned that he is yet to receive any letter from the Election Commission, saying that the theme song has been banned. The Election commission had, however, issued a ban on the song immediately after it found it to be derogatory in nature.

The commission had instructed the state BJP leaders to change the lyrics and language of the song, as it had found some subtle attacks on Trinamool Congress and its supremo Mamata Banerjee, in the song's lyrics.

The release of the song was a gross violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC), as Supriyo had not taken any prior permission from the commission in this regard.

The CEO's office told BJP leaders that they may consider lifting the ban if the commission is convinced after BJP submits a revised version of the song with changed lyrics.

The CEO's office told BJP leaders that they may consider lifting the ban if the commission is convinced after BJP submits a revised version of the song with changed lyrics.

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