The Election commission has strictly ordered that from now no political party shall use public money or public place for promoting itself or its symbol during the election campaign and after too. After the allegation on BSP that it put up statues of elephants, which is its election symbol when it was in power in Uttar Pradesh, Election commission has taken this step.
EC said that “the party will utilize public funds/ Public place for branding or propagate its election symbol would be incompatible with the concept of free and fair election”.
EC has sent a copy of notification to the concern authorities
EC has sent the letter regarding this concern to presidents, general secretaries, chairpersons, and conveners of all regained national and state political parties in which it clarified that a violation of the directions would be considered as a violation of the legal direction of the Commission.
Political parties welcomed EC’s decision
On the other hand, almost every party has welcomed the decision of the Election Commission. “The Tandon report and CAG came down harshly On Delhi government and it is cleared that they used the public fund for the branding of the party,” said BJP leader RP Singh. He also emphasized a number of posters allegedly put up by AAP in several areas of the Delhi in order to aware people about the odd-even scheme while using public funds. He urged to EC to take action as well as issue notice to Delhi Government.
BIG Question- Will the directions be followed by leaders?
Welcoming the move, Congress leader Sandeep Dixit also mentioned the misuse of public funds by AAP. At the same time, JDU leader Pawan Verma said that while the decision is right, but the implementation is more important. HE further added, “You can’t use public funds to promote a political party. It is the first rule of the democracy that you separate governance and political activities. The question is raised here that whether the political parties will follow this direction or not.”
It’s worth mentioning here that EC’s directions came following the judgment of the honorable Delhi high Court, which had in July remanded back to the poll panel a petition seeking cancellation of Bahujan Samaj party symbol “elephant” for alleged misuse of public funds by the Mayawati government for installing its statues across the state.