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Election Commission brings down Congress Party’s ‘Chowkidar Chor Hai’ Campaign in Madhya Pradesh, Congress Party Reacts

The BJP's special cell dedicated to election commission affairs, complained to EC on the usage of an objectionable word 'chor (thief)' by Congress party in the state against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PM Modi has been comparing himself with 'chowkidar (Watchman)' in several of his rallies stating that in the presence of a watchman like him, no one can harm the nation.

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The Election Commission (EC), on Thursday, came in action against Madhya Pradesh (MP) Congress party unit by banning an election campaign ‘Chowkidar Chor Hai (Watchman is Thief)’ running on radio channels in the state. The campaign in the form of an advertisement had, reportedly, cleared the certification from Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC), a committee which monitors the political campaigns of various political parties.

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The campaign was projected against Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) ‘Main Bhi Chowkidar (I am too Watchman)’ campaign which gave BJP humongous support on social media recently. The BJP’s special cell dedicated to election commission affairs, complained to EC on the usage of an objectionable word ‘chor (thief)’ by Congress party in the state against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PM Modi has been comparing himself with ‘chowkidar (Watchman)’ in several of his rallies stating that in the presence of a watchman like him, no one can harm the nation.

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In it’s complaint to the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of the polling body, BJP accused Congress party of violating the constitutional rights for their vested interest. “We referred to Article 375 of the constitution which allows government officers to only permit things within the ambit of the constitutional provisions,” said the BJP’s advocate, Om Prakash Srivastava, quoted News18. He further opposed the usage of non-permissible term ‘chor’ in their campaigns as it violates the article 19(2) of the constitution which deals with the Freedom of Speech granted by the constitution of India.

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However, the Congress committee’s legal chief of Madhya Pradesh, JP Dhanopia, denied of receipt of any such order and said that the party will decide it’s further course of legal action based on the content of the order.

(with inputs from Agencies)

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