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Electoral Commission warns Suvendu Adhikari for March 29 speech | India News


NEW DELHI: The Election Commission of India warned BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari about a speech he delivered on March 29, to which he had submitted a response on April 9.
The Electoral Commission has advised you to desist from using such statements when making public statements when the Model Code of Conduct is in effect.
An EC order stated: “Whereas, the Commission has issued a notice dated April 8 to Suvendu Adhikari, candidate of the BJP of 210-Nandigram Assembly Constituency for violation of the provisions contained in clause (2) and ( 3) of Part 1 of ‘General conduct of the model code of conduct for the orientation of political parties and candidates’ during the current general elections to the Legislative Assembly of West Bengal “.
Considering that the Commission received a response from Suvendu Adhikari to the aforementioned Communication on April 9 and that Suvendu Adhikari in said response, among other things, presented the following: –
He firmly believes in free, fair and fair elections where there is no grudge between the candidates and no personal attack is made while criticizing political opponents.
He respectfully states that he had no ill intention to criticize anyone personally or to make offensive or derogatory statements against anyone. He has always been cautious and has refrained from making statements that could harm someone. Furthermore, he has never appealed to citizens of castes or communal lines for votes.
He reiterates that he has not violated any MCC provision, however, he will be more careful in the future. His party and himself firmly believe and respect democracy and democratic institutions such as the Electoral Commission of India and will abide by the directives of the ICE.
Whereas, the Commission has carefully examined the response and considers that Suvendu Adhikari has violated paragraphs 2 and 3 of Part 1 “General conduct of the model code of conduct for the orientation of political parties and candidates”.
Therefore, the Commission is now warning Suvendu Adhikari and advising him to desist from using such a statement while making public statements during the period that the Model Code of Conduct is in force.
Nandigram witnessed a high-voltage “Khela” (power play) on Thursday in the second phase of the West Bengal Assembly elections.
The constituency witnessed a direct contest between West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her former ministerial colleague Suvendu Adhikari, who had joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in December last year.

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