The Election Commission has issued notices to BJP’s Imarti Devi and Kailash Vijayvargiya for their alleged remarks against political rivals. The EC issued notice to Imarti Devi, a minister in the BJP government, who is also contesting a bypoll in Madhya Pradesh, for allegedly describing an unnamed political rival as “insane” and making remarks against women members of his family. Election Commission gave 48 hours to her to respond to the notice. On failure the EC would take a decision without further reference to her.
Meanwhile, the EC issued notice to BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya for his reported “chunnu-munnu” remark against Congress leaders Digvijay Singh and Kamal Nath. The commission asked him to respond within the next 48 hours.
Taking note of former Madhya Pradesh chief minister and Congress leader Kamal Nath’s “item” jibe against Imarti Devi, the commission had on Monday advised him against using such words during the period of the model code. However Imarti Devi did not name the political rival in a video on social media.
The commission also refused to identify the leader, saying it does not know whom she was referring to. “Let the person reply to the notice. We have the transcript of the video,” a senior EC official said. Bypolls to the 28 Madhya Pradesh assembly seats would be held on November 3.
EC issues notice to BJP leaders
In the video, Imarti Devi said after the person left the chief minister’s post in MP, he became “insane” (pagal). She also allegedly said that the person’s mother and sister could be “item” of Bengal. “We don’t know,” Imarti Devi said. The EC notice said that her statement was in violation to the provisions of the model code.
Meanwhile, in its notice to Vijayvargiya the EC said the statement made in Sanwer, Indore, during an election rally on October 14, against the two was found to be in violation of the provisions of the model code. The notice is based on the report received from the chief electoral officer of Madhya Pradesh.
The BJP leader had also dubbed them as “gaddar” (traitors).
Bypolls to 28 Madhya Pradesh Assembly seats will be held on November 3 for which the campaigning is on.