A notice was issued to the BJP by the panel of probes of a newspaper advertisement published May 8, which made “specific but unverifiable allegations against Congress”.
EC requested Karnataka BJP chairperson Nalin Kumar Kateel has provided “verifiable and traceable” facts regarding her claims in the ad. Action was taken based on complaints from Congress.
“While general statements and allegations are part of election campaigns, specific allegations and claims about opponents should be supported by verifiable and traceable facts. Any Any claim made without basis and empirical evidence has the potential to mislead voters, thereby depriving them of their right ‘to make sound and informed choices’ among voters. candidate, thus disturbing the level playing field, the polling panel said in a notice to Kateel.
Meanwhile, the EC has also written to the president of the National Assembly Kharge Mallikarjun to “clarify and correct” social media posts that refer to the term ‘sovereignty’ in the context of Karnataka state.
The EC’s letter to Kharge comes after the BJP’s complaint about a tweet that appeared on the official Twitter account of the Indian Parliament on May 6.
After Sonia Gandhi spoke at a campaign rally in Hubballi in Karnataka on May 6, Congress tweeted from its official body: “CPP President Sonia Gandhi sends a strong message to 6, 5 Million Kannadigas: ‘Parliament will not permit anyone to pose a threat to Karnataka’s reputation, sovereignty or integrity’.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP attacked Parliament over the comment.
Karnataka will conduct voting in a single phase on May 10. Results will be pasted on May 13