Star campaigner is neither a post nor a status: Nath downplays EC action

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Star campaigner is neither a post nor a status, says former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Saturday, a day after Election Commission revoked his "star campaigner" status for bypolls. File photo

Star campaigner is neither a post nor a status, says former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Saturday, a day after Election Commission revoked his “star campaigner” status for bypolls. The Congress leader said that he would comment on the decision after 10th November. But, he reiterated that ‘star campaigner is neither a post nor a status’.

The Election Commission on Friday took a note of breach of “ethical and dignified behaviour” and had revoked the “star campaigner” status of Kamal Nath for repeated violations of the model code during campaign for the bypolls in 28 assembly constituencies in the state. But, downplaying the EC’s action, Kamal Nath said star campaigner is neither a post nor a status.

In an order, the Commission said, “…for repeated violation of Model Code of Conduct, and for completely disregarding the advisory issued to him, the Commission hereby revokes the status of leader of political party (Star Campaigner) of Kamal Nath, Ex-Chief Minister, Madhya Pradesh, with immediate effect for the current bye-elections of Legislative Assembly of Madhya Pradesh.” It said authorities would not give permission to Nath as a star campaigner.

Star campaigner is neither a post

Kamal Nath in response to the EC decision said, “Star campaigner is neither a post nor a status. I don’t want to comment on EC’s decision, will comment only after 10th Nov. In the end, public matters the most & they know everything.”

The EC said it has carefully considered the matter and has observed with “displeasure that Kamal Nath despite being a leader of a political party is repeatedly violating the provisions of Model Code of Conduct and breaching the ethical and dignified behaviour”. The Commission referred to his remarks against CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

He had used the words “mafia” and “milawat khor” against a political rival at a recent campaigning event. Last week, the EC had asked Nath not to use words like “item” in campaigning.

Nath had used the jibe to hit out at state minister and BJP candidate Imarti Devi at a rally. This is not for the first time that the EC has taken such a stern action against political leaders.

In the Delhi polls, the EC had removed Union minister Anurag Thakur and local MP Parvesh Verma as star campaigners. The poll watchdog had barred UP CM Adityanath from campaigning in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, for 48 hours.

However the Congress plans to move SC against the EC’s decision to revoke the ‘star campaigner’ status of Kamal Nath.

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