New Delhi: The Congress has written to Election Commission (EC) against some social media pages for allegedly “offering free gifts to voters, enticing them to support Modi,” reported ANI on Thursday. (Also read: Priyanka Says She’ll Contest Elections if Party Wants Her)Also Read - CBSE Class 12 Board Exams 2021: Board Acknowledges Error in Sociology Paper on 'Gujarat Violence', to Take Action Against Paper Setters
In her letter to the EC, Congress IT cell chief Divya Spandana has cited a Facebook page that offers gifts like bags and badges to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s supporters. It goes on to say that the merchandise is also available on a website and gives the said site’s address as well. Also Read - Punjab Assembly Polls: Akali Dal's Manjinder Singh Sirsa Joins BJP In Presence of Union Ministers
Quoting a section of the Representation of People’s Act, Spandana says that this amounts to bribery. Demanding that the particular page, and the network of sites supporting it, be taken down, she says that all the costs and expenses incurred till date, including salaries of staff running the page, cost of merchandise and advertising, all of it should be included in the Prime Minister’s personal campaign costs. Also Read - Breaking News Highlights: 5 Members of Gang in UP TET Question Paper Leak Incident Arrested
She adds, “The longer this practice continues, the more the electorate will be unduly influenced.”
The Congress has regularly been trying to corner the BJP over its campaign. Only yesterday, the grand old party joined the Opposition chorus in questioning the PM’s address on the accomplishment of Mission Shakti. Eventually, the Left sent a complaint to the EC, saying that coming so close to the Lok Sabha elections, the address was a clear violation of the Model Code of Conduct.
A similar complaint has been filed by the Congress against the April release of a biopic of the Prime Minister. The complaint says that the producer and actor of the biopic are known BJP supporters and its release amid the elections was likely to influence voters.