The Election Commission took decisive action on Tuesday, issuing a stern notice to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) following a complaint lodged by the BJP regarding disparaging and defamatory remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi on social media.
The poll panel responded to a complaint filed by the BJP on November 10, highlighting posts on X (formerly Twitter) that allegedly depicted PM Modi in a manner considered derogatory, insulting, and defamatory, carrying a tone of malicious intent.
The AAP’s social media content, linking Prime Minister Modi with industrialist Gautam Adani, came under scrutiny by the Election Commission. The EC emphasized that such content could potentially vitiate the electoral landscape, contravening the guidelines for maintaining dignity and decorum in political discourse.
Repeated advisories have been issued by the Election Commission to political entities, urging them to uphold the sanctity of electoral campaigning. Parties have been strongly cautioned against crossing the boundaries of decency and abstaining from personal attacks on political adversaries.
The Election Commission noted that the contentious posts originated from the official handle of the Aam Aadmi Party, a national-level political entity expected to exercise prudence and fact-checking before disseminating any content into the public domain. Consequently, the AAP stands accused of violating the provisions outlined in the model code of conduct.
The notice issued by the Election Commission serves as a reminder of the imperative to maintain ethical standards and integrity in political discourse, particularly in the midst of electoral activities, emphasizing the responsibility incumbent upon all parties to uphold the decorum essential for a fair and unbiased electoral process.