Lok Sabha Election: Congress, BJP leaders served notices for misusing defence officers photos in election propaganda

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Lok Sabha Elections 2019! Preventing misuse of photographs of defence personnel by political parties for their election propaganda has become a big challenge for the election officials. Banners and hoardings of politicians along with the images of defence personnel, particularly alongside the photo of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman and martyred CRPF Jawans, have sprung up across the country after Pulwama terror attack and IAFs bombing of terror camps in Pakistan last month. As earlier reported by Financial Express Online, one day before the announcement of poll schedule, Election Commission had asked all the recognised political parties to refrain from using these pictures in their election propaganda. Though the BJP leaders at district and state level were quick to capitalise on the photographs of IAF airstrikes to show Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a strong and decisive leader capable of taking tough action against Pakistan-sponsored terrorism, but later Congress leaders also joined the fray by using defence officers photos for their own advantage. ALSO READ: This is contrary to the stand taken by top Congress leaders like Kapil Sibal and Digvijay Singh who have demanded the proof of IAF airstrikes on terror camps. District election officer in Rajasthans capital Jaipur has issued notice to Congress leader Sunil Sharma, a general secretary in Rajasthan unit, for misusing the photos of defence personnel in violation of election commissions directive. In its notice to Congress leader Sunil Sharma, the concerned officer for enforcing the model code of conduct in the city, said: The commission has show-caused both the leaders, BJP MP Ramcharan Bohara and Congress leader Sunil Sharma, to explain the reasons within three days and refrain from doing so in future. The district election commission has also asked them to furnish the complete details of numbers of banners printed and the total money spent on them along with the details of the printer.

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