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No campaigning with defence staff posters: EC

Taking cognisance of a political banner bearing Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s portrait along with the photographs of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and others, the Election Commission on Saturday said “strictest action” would be taken in such cases once the model code of conduct was in place.

After a picture of the banner was brought to the notice of the Commission, spokesperson Sheyphali Sharan said: “ECI already has instructions issued on such matters. Once the model code of conduct comes into force, the ECI will take strictest action in such cases, if the instructions are violated.” The code comes into effect once the election schedule is announced.

In a letter to the recognised parties issued later on Saturday, the ECI said it had been brought to its notice that some political parties were using the photographs of defence personnel in advertisements as part of their political campaigning.

Asking the parties to issue appropriate instructions to their candidates, leaders and cadres to ensure strict compliance, the ECI cited a general advisory dated December 4, 2013, in this regard. The advisory called upon political parties to desist from displaying photos of defence personnel as part of their election propaganda.

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