Lok Sabha Elections 2019: EC Issues Fresh Advisory, Tells Political Parties Not to Indulge in Propaganda Involving Defence Forces

The Election Commission (EC) has asked political parties to “desist” during their Lok Sabha poll campaigns from indulging in any propaganda involving actions taken by the defence forces.

Tuesday’s fresh advisory came days after the poll panel asked parties and their candidates against using pictures of defence force personnel in their campaign material.

“…Parties/candidates are advised that their campaigners/candidates should desist, as part of their election campaigning, from indulging in any political propaganda involving activities of defence forces,” the advisory issued on Tuesday said.

This advisory follows the one on March 9 wherein the EC had asked political parties to “desist from displaying photographs of defence personnel or photographs of functions involving defence personnel in advertisements, or otherwise as part of their election propaganda or campaigning.”

The EC directive came when the Ministry of Defence raised the matter of some political parties are using the photos of defence personnel in their election campaign.

The poll body also asked the political parties and leaders to exercise great caution while making any reference to the armed forces.

“It is pertinent to mention here that Armed Forces of the nation are the guardian of its frontiers, security and political system. They are apolitical and neutral stakeholders in modern democracy. It is, therefore, necessary that political parties and leaders exercise great caution while making any reference to the Armed Forces in their political campaigns,” the EC had said in its earlier advisory.

Earlier this month, the EC had issued a show-cause notice to Delhi BJP MLA Om Prakash Sharma for putting up two posters featuring him, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Wing Commander Varthaman on Facebook.

Abhinandan was captured and later released by Pakistan after his MiG-21 Bison crashed following a dogfight with Pakistan Air Force’s (PAF’s) F-16 fighter jet.

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