Congress president Rahul Gandhi has been issued a notice by the Election Commission over the poster of his party’s NYAY scheme put up in his Lok Sabha constituency and family stronghold Amethi.
The poll body sent the notice to the Congress president over alleged violation of the model code of conduct.
The poster carries a picture of Rahul with a message “Ab Hoga Nyay” (Now justice will be delivered), written over it.
In a statement, the EC on Thursday said that the poster was put up without the permission of the owner of the building, news agency ANI reported. It further said that the details of the printing firm were not mentioned on the banner
The Congress chief was asked to reply over the matter within 24 hours.
The Congress party, under the Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY) or the minimum income guarantee scheme, has promised to give Rs 72,000 per year to 20 per cent of India’s poorest of poor family if the party wins the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.
Announcing the scheme ahead of the general elections, Rahul said that the scheme would be a “surgical strike” against poverty, and would not harm the country’s economy.
Recently, the Madhya Pradesh unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) filed a complaint to the Election Commission and submitted an audio and video where Congress leaders were seen using the slogan ‘chowkidar Chor hai’. Taking the BJP’s complaint into consideration, the Election commission banned the campaign.
The complaint pointed out that the slogan uses objectionable language directed against ‘chowkidar’, means Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The BJP had launched a campaign called ‘Main Bhi Chowkidar’, a few months back in order to reinforce its image as an anti-corruption party.
PM Modi also repeatedly used the word in several poll campaigns and referred to himself as the country’s ‘chowkidar’ or ‘watchman’.
This declaration has prompted Congress and come with a counter slogan ‘chowkidar chor hai’ or ‘the watchman is the thief’.
The Congress president is contesting the Lok Sabha elections from Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi along with Wayanad seat of Kerala.
Elections in Amethi will be held on May 6 and counting of votes will be done on May 23.
General Elections have already begun on April 11 and would spread on Seven Phases starting from April 11 to May 19.
Counting of Votes and Results for the mega Battle of ballots will be announced on May 23 four days after the 7th phase of voting.
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