The Election Commission issued a notice to the Karnataka Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday requiring it to give “verifiable and traceable” data about their newspaper advertisement describing the Congress as “the most corrupt party in the world” by Tuesday evening.
The Congress had approached the poll panel against the advertisement issued by the BJP’s Karnataka unit.
In its notice to the BJP Karnataka president, the Election Commission said criticism of the policy and governance of opponent parties is a right guaranteed and enshrined in the Constitution as well as an essential function of various political actors under India’s electoral process.
“However, while exercising this right and performing this essential function, the various political parties are expected to uphold high standards of public discourse and adhere to the various provisions of the model code and relevant laws,” it said.
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