Rajasthan Election 2023: BJP reached the Election Commission on Tuesday (21 November) against Congress. BJP alleged that Congress is giving advertisements in the form of news or opinion to sway people in its favor.
A delegation of BJP leaders, including Union Minister Mansukh Mandaviya and former minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, approached the Election Commission regarding this matter and lodged a complaint. In its complaint, BJP also accused Congress of asking people to give missed calls on mobile numbers to get the benefits of its guarantee if they come to power in the state, which is resorting to corrupt means. The delegation also included BJP leaders Amit Malviya and Om Pathak.
What did BJP say?
“A registered number was created for the caller, giving the impression that voting for a particular candidate or party, especially the Congress party, would only benefit the caller,” the BJP delegation said.
It has been said in the complaint that Congress has given this advertisement, which Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has also shared on the social media platform X. Mandaviya said that this creates an impression that only those people will get the benefit who register themselves and not others. He said that its purpose is to mislead the voters.
Prasad highlighted another complaint of the BJP, saying that the Congress issued advertisements in Hindi in some leading dailies to create a wave in its favor in the state.
He said that it has been presented in such a way that it creates an impression in the minds of voters that it is a news or opinion published after a survey. “The said advertisement is false, frivolous and completely unverified, which is contrary to the actual facts and data available on record,” BJP’s memorandum submitted to the commission said.
What did you demand?
BJP’s memorandum said that the Election Commission should direct the Congress to publicly apologize and give a clarification to the effect that there is no wave in the party’s favour.
“We also requested the Election Commission to issue guidelines to ensure that such incidents are not repeated in future elections,” Prasad said.
Taking aim at the Congress over the missed call advertisement, the BJP memorandum said, “Giving a missed call and the caller getting a registration number in return… is like distributing coupons to voters. This is a highly corrupt practice. BJP said that Congress has violated the provisions of the Indian Penal Code and election laws besides the Model Code of Conduct.
Ashok Gehlot was mentioned
Demanding FIA in this matter, BJP urged the Election Commission to immediately stop Ashok Gehlot and his party from publishing or airing misleading advertisements. The party said the Commission should issue an advisory to voters regarding such malpractices, so that they are not misled by it.
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