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BJP MP Anurag Thakur (PTI)
BJP MP Anurag Thakur (PTI)

BJP’s Anurag Thakur, Parvesh Singh to face partial campaign ban

  • The ban on campaign by both the politicians will start at 5 pm today
  • EC communicated its decision of partial ban in two separate orders to Anurag Thakur and Parvesh Singh

Election Commission (EC) on Thursday imposed partial ban on two senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders--Anurag Thakur and Parvesh Singh Sahib—to campaign for the upcoming Delhi assembly elections. While the commission has barred minister of state for finance Thakur to campaign for 48 hours, Lok Sabha member Singh will not campaign for 96 hours. The ban on campaign by both the politicians will start at 5 pm today.

EC communicated its decision of partial ban in two separate orders to Thakur and Singh. Both the leaders had urged the election body to hear them personally but EC did not consider their requests.

On Wednesday, EC had asked BJP to remove Thakur and Singh from its star campaigner list of the party. This order will continue to be in force. According to EC, recent statements made by both the leaders at public rallies were in violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) and Representation of People's Act, 1951.

For all elections at national and state levels, political parties have a list of star campaigners, who are either prominent political leaders or popular faces of the party. While a recognised national or state party can have a maximum of 40 star campaigners, a registered un-recognised party can nominate a maximum of 20.

One of the key benefits of being a star campaigner is that the person’s travel expenses are not included in the election expense account of these candidates.

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