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Congress moves EC to remove Modi hoardings

Congress moves EC to remove Modi hoardings

New Delhi: Raising the issue of violation of model code of conduct, the Congress has approached the Election Commission with a complaint against the BJP to remove hoardings of Prime Minister Narendra Modi mounted at key locations such as petrol pumps, railways stations and airports.

"The BJP has violated the model code of conduct by putting up the billboards of Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighting the achievements of his government at railway stations, airports, petrol pumps. The model code of conduct came into force after the Election Commission announced the schedule of the Lok Sabha election 2019," members of the Congress delegation said. The delegation was led by RPN Singh along with Sanjeev Singh and Pranav Jha.

Congress leader RPN Singh said that his party had given a representation to the poll body on March 10 about the government's hoardings with Prime Minister Modi's advertisements even though the model code of conduct is in force.

"On this, the Election Commission has clearly said that they have taken cognisance of the complaint and have issued directions to remove the hoardings. They also said that they have sought a report by today evening about how many such hoardings have still not been taken down," Singh said, adding, "We had mentioned that thousands of crores that the government had earned through excise duty on petrol and diesel were being spent on putting up these advertisements."

The Congress spokesperson also stated that the poll panel has asked for the videos of the alleged obscene comments by BJP ministers against Congress president Rahul Gandhi and other leaders after a complaint.

"The delegation has said that people who are making such comments must be issued a notice immediately and action must be taken against them," he said. Notably, the BJP had on Wednesday asked the EC to take action against Congress president Rahul Gandhi for allegedly violating the model code of conduct by making "unverified" allegations against Prime Minister Modi.

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