The Election Commission on Monday let off former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath with a warning for his “item” jibe in opposition to a lady BJP candidate and suggested the Congress chief to not use such language in public through the interval of the Model Code of Conduct.
The EC mentioned it’s of the thought-about view that Kamal Nath, by making the “item” comment in opposition to BJP minister Imarti Devi, had violated provisions of the mannequin code.
The ballot panel had issued a discover to Kamal Nath after he had used the jibe in opposition to BJP candidate Imarti Devi at an election rally, drawing an offended response from the ruling get together.
At the ballot assembly final week in Gwalior’s Dabra city, the place the BJP has fielded Imarti Devi, Kamal Nath had mentioned the Congress candidate was a “simple person” in contrast to his opponent who was an “item”.
Following a criticism by the state BJP and reference by the National Commission for Women, the EC had served the discover to Kamal Nath.
The Commission on Monday issued an order in opposition to the Congress chief.
“…the Commission, hereby advises Kamal Nath, ex-chief minister Madhya Pradesh that while making public utterances he should not use any such word or statement during the period of Model Code of Conduct,” the order mentioned.
It mentioned Kamal Nath used the phrase “item” for a woman and that “this constitutes violation” of advisory issued by the Commission regarding the mannequin code.
In his response to the discover, Kamal Nath mentioned that “to him and his party, upholding the honour and dignity of a woman is paramount”.
He additionally referred to Supreme Court judgments which noticed that within the warmth of elections, many statements come out on the spur of the second. “In this case, there was neither any premeditation nor design to dishonour or in-dignify a woman or womanhood…,” he mentioned.
Meanwhile, the EC on Monday additionally issued a discover to BJP chief Kailash Vijayvargiya for his reported “chunnu-munnu” comment in opposition to Congress leaders Digvijaya Singh and Kamal Nath, asking him to reply throughout the subsequent 48 hours.
The discover mentioned the assertion made in Sanwer, Indore throughout an election rally on October 14 in opposition to the 2 was discovered to be in violation of the provisions of the mannequin code. The discover is predicated on the report obtained from the chief electoral officer of Madhya Pradesh.