Mumbai: Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh targeted the Election Commission (EC) again for withdrawing the status of star campaigner from former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, stating that it is the right of political parties to prepare a list of star campaigners and the poll body has violated its own guidelines.
“It is the right of political parties to prepare the list of star campaigners, not the Election Commission. The Election Commission has violated its guidelines,” Singh told reporters here on Saturday.
“We have already filed a petition in the Supreme Court yesterday against this decision of the EC,” he added.
Reacting to the Election Commission order, Singh said yesterday: “This is a strange order. Following the advice, he was not given any further statements. The statement, which is being cited, is from October 13. I think This order is unfair. We are considering whether to take legal suggestions.”
“Pressure is being exerted and this is not right,” he said.
EC on Friday revoked the star campaigner status of Kamal Nath, citing repeated violation of the Model Code of Conduct.
This comes after, Nath referred to BJP leader Imarti Devi as an “item” during a by-election rally, sparking a controversy.
Currently, campaigning for the by-election to the state Assembly is underway in Madhya Pradesh.
Polling for the by-elections in 28 assembly seats in Madhya Pradesh will be held on November 3 and the results will be announced on November 10.
By-elections are to be held in 28 seats after the resignation of 25 MLAs and the death of three MLAs earlier.