Mumbai: Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Kamal Nath have moved the Supreme Court against the Election Commission’s decision to revoke his “star campaigner” status for the by-elections in the state.
Noting the alleged violation of “moral and dignified behavior”, the poll panel on Friday revoked the position of Congress leader’s “star campaigner” for model code violations while campaigning for by-elections for the state’s 28 assembly constituencies.
Senior advocate and Rajya Sabha MP Vivek Tankha said that Nath has challenged the decision of the Election Commission on various grounds, demanding an immediate hearing on the petition, PTI reported.
Earlier today, Nath took a dig at the Election Commission for his decision and said that Star campaigners are neither in office nor in any post.
He said, “Star campaigners are neither a post nor a post. I do not want to comment on the decision of the Election Commission. I will comment only after November 10. In the end, the public matters the most and they know everything.
Earlier in the day, senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh slammed the election 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.
The poll panel revoked the status of Nath’s star campaigner over the recent derogatory remarks against BJP’s female candidate and Madhya Pradesh minister Imrati Devi.
Earlier this month, a video of former Madhya Pradesh CM using the word “item” for Devi erupted after it went viral. The Congress leader made this remark while campaigning for his party’s candidate from Dabra assembly seat and political rival for the state by-elections to be held on November 3.