New Delhi: An advertisement celebrating the spirit of the Commonwealth Games and how it is Delhi's ticket to modernisation has not gone down too well with the Election Commission of India.
In a notice served to the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, the Cabinet Secretary and the Chief Secretary of NCT Delhi, the EC said that the advertisement is a clear violation of the model code of conduct since it enumerates the achievements of the UPA Government.
But what's more important than the notice itself is that this time the EC has asked the violators to pay from their own pockets. Clearly, it wants to send out a strong message that that no party can promote its achievements through ads ahead of the polls.
The EC wants all parties involved in the release and publication of the ad to pay for it from their personal accounts. But those responsible, see no fault of theirs.
“The ad just talks about an event,” Chief Secretary, Delhi, Rakesh Mehta said.
The issue was raked up by the Opposition after the ad, which lists out the achievements of the Centre and the Delhi government, was published in newspapers on Friday
"We complained to the EC regarding the ad. We also wrote a letter to them,” BJP Spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
The parties in question have been asked to submit an Action Taken Report by 12 noon on Monday.
(With inputs from Prarthna Gehlote)