The commission said that Kamal Nath would not be given any permission by the authorities as a star campaigner.
The Election Commission has removed former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and senior state Congress leader Kamal Nath from Star Campaigner list, who is campaigning vigorously for the party in the Madhya Pradesh by-election. This major action has been taken by the Election Commission after several cases of violation of election code of conduct.
The Congress party will now move the court against this action of the Election Commission. Narendra Saluja, the Media Coordinator of the Madhya Pradesh unit of the Congress, said- “The party campaigner has been abolished as a star campaigner by the Election Commission. The party will move the court against this decision. ”
Assembly elections are going to be held in Madhya Pradesh for 28 seats on November 3. But, during the election campaign recently, the former Chief Minister of the state used derogatory words against the woman minister, whose opponents had complained to the Election Commission.
The Commission, in an order issued on Friday, said: ‘… the Commission for the current bye-elections of Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly for repeated violations of the Model Code of Conduct and for completely disregarding the advice issued to him (to Kamal Nath) ends former chief minister Kamal Nath’s ‘political party leader’ (star campaigner) status with immediate effect.”
The commission said that Kamal Nath would not be given any permission by the authorities as a star campaigner. It said, “However, from now on if any election campaign is done by Kamal Nath, the entire expenses related to travel, stay and the tour will be borne entirely by the candidate in whose constituency he will campaign.”
Significantly, the Congress leader and former CM of Madhya Pradesh had called BJP candidate and Minister Imrati Devi an item in an election meeting.