Model Code of Conduct Violation: Jaipur EC Issues Notice to BJP Leaders For Using Images of Defence Personnel During Campaigning
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Jaipur, March 13: District election officer of Jaipur issued notices to Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Jaipur MP Ramcharan Bohra and General Secretary of Rajasthan Congress Sunil Sharma for putting up posters in different locations across the city depicting different operations done by Indian Armed forces. In the posters, they used images of defence personnel along with their own photos. Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Schedule: Voting In 7 Phases From April 11 to May 19, Counting And Results On May 23; Check All Dates For General Elections.

On March 9, the Election Commission of India (ECI) issued an advisory to all national and state political parties, barring them from using the images of defence personnel as part of their electioneering campaign. The advisory comes in the backdrop of allegations levelled against the ruling BJP of "milking" the Indian Air Force's valour for political gains in the run up to Lok Sabha elections 2019. Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Schedule: How Staggered Polling Could Help BJP.

It is the second incident of violation of Model Code of Conduct reported after the EC on Sunday announced the dates of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Earlier, on Tuesday, the poll-conducting body asked Facebook to remove two posters shared by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Delhi MLA Om Prakash Sharma carrying Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s pictures. The poll-conducting body raised the issue with Shivnath Thukral, Director, Public Policy for India and South Asia, at Facebook, after it received a complaint on its cVIGIL app.

It is a mobile app was launched by the EC in July 2018. The app is also available on Android. This app empowers the voters to report violations of Model Code of Conduct that comes into effect from the date of announcement of elections and goes on till a day after the polls. The voter can click a picture or record a video of up to two minutes’ duration of the scene of violations of the model code and upload on the app.