Chowkidar Chor hai Ad gets ban: What will be the Congress next step?

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Election 2019: Chowkidar Chor hai Ad gets ban in Madhya Pradesh  

The Madhya Pradesh electoral office decides to ban the telecast of congress’s ‘Chowkidaar chor hai’ campaign which could effectively mean an all India ban as media certification committees in other states.

The MP state-level media certification and monitoring committee may have decided to take official action to examine the Congress ads on the ‘chowkidaar theme’, sources of the election commission said.

What Congress is saying?

While Congress said it would move the election commission for a review, there was no MCMC at the poll panel level to hear precertification appeals on political ads in electronic media, said official sources. The appeals against any decision of the state-level MCMC can only be filled in the Supreme Court in case the CEO-level committee at the state does not provide relief to Congress.

Election commission receives several complaints against the president of the Congress Rahul Gandhi’s reference to all Modi’s as ‘chors’ and ‘chowkidaar chor hai’ campaign and is likely to take an action against him that whether they violate the model code of conduct.

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BJP had filed a complaint against the Rahul Gandhi’s statement saying it was ‘intended harm given to the image of the PM’. BJP appealed against the decision of the state-level committee, which had approved the advertisement of Congress. After the application was accepted the use of the advertisement was prohibited.

BJP’s Deepak Vijayvargiya said,” Rahul Gandhi is trying to ruin the image of PM by using unjustified language for him. Congress leader Shobha Oza said the complaint approved by EC, against the campaign is false. We have not used the name of any individual or any party. We only said that chowkidar is a thief. BJP itself exclaimed that chowkidar is ‘Narendra Modi’ and we have called him a thief is entirely their interpretation, not ours.

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