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M.P. bypolls | EC revokes star campaigner status of Kamal Nath

Congress party leader Kamal Nath   | Photo Credit: AP

The Election Commission (EC) on Friday revoked the status of Congress leader and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath as a star campaigner for the party in the ongoing State Assembly by-polls for “repeated violation of Model Code of Conduct (MCC) and for completely disregarding the advisory issued to him”, an EC order said. 

The EC said the entire expenditure on any campaigning by Mr. Nath for the November 3 by-elections would be borne by the candidate in whose constituency he campaigns. The expenditure of star campaigners’ events, travel and stay is borne by the party and is not added to the candidate’s spending, which is limited. 

“...the Commission has carefully considered the matter and has observed with displeasure that Shri 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 EC order said. 

The EC had issued an advisory to Mr. Nath on Monday for violation of the MCC and the EC’s advisory to candidates and parties against any speech or actions against the dignity of women for his remarks calling a woman candidate an “item”. The EC had advised him not to use such language in public utterances while the MCC is in force. 

The EC said another complaint had been brought to its notice from the Madhya Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party that Mr. Nath had on October 13 called Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan “nautanki ke kalakaar” (an artist in a street play) and that he should go to Mumbai to act. The EC said it had received a report from the Chief Electoral Officer of the State with a transcript that quoted Mr. Nath as saying “aapke bhagwan toh voh mafia hai”. 

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