The Election Commission of India is expected to hold a press conference at 5pm today, seemingly to announce the dates for this year’s Lok Sabha polls. This year’s Lok Sabha polls are likely to be held between April and May.
On Saturday, the national poll body had issued an advisory to all political parties asking them 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/campaigning.’ This was after several election posters of the BJP showed the party desperately trying to cash in on India’s recent military skirmishes with Pakistan.
The national poll body said, “The Ministry of Defence has brought to the notice of the Commission that the photographs of the Defence personnel are being used by the Political Parties, their leaders and candidates in advertisements as part of their election propaganda and requested the Commission to issue suitable instruction in this regard.”
EC issues advisory to all national&state political parties of the country,asks them 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/campaigning’ pic.twitter.com/jBFsSyZEZM
— ANI (@ANI) March 9, 2019
The EC’s advisory was widely welcomed by opposition parties. Veteran Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP, Ahmed Patel, tweeted, “EC’s circular on preventing use of of armed forces in election campaign was much needed. This needs to be implemented in letter & spirit. Let’s keep security forces out of politics. By using the military to conceal its own failures the BJP is walking down a dangerous path.”
In 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the BJP had won a landslide majority to form its government at the Centre after a gap of 10 years.