New Delhi: The Election Commission (EC) on Saturday ordered police complaint against organisers of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sambit Patra’s press conference in Bhopal. Patra had held a press conference in front of a commercial building in Bhopal’s MP Nagar area and spoke against Congress president Rahul Gandhi over the National Herald case.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer VL Kanta Rao said, “A directive has been issued for lodging a complaint against the organisers of the press conference of BJP spokesperson (Sambit) Patra at noon in MP Nagar locality.”
The order came after Congress lodged a complaint with the EC stating that the press conference was held without requisite permission. MP Congress Election Affairs Wing in charge JP Dhanopia said, “The presser was held blocking a road without permission and it is a violation of the code of conduct.”
Congress claimed that Patra’s presser was organised on public property. The organisers have violated the terms and conditions on which permission was granted to them, Dhanopia added.
The BJP spokesperson while addressing the press conference accused the Congress of looting the country. Patra said that a firm associated with the Gandhi family had acquired the commercial building in front of which he was holding the presser at a throw-away price to print the National Herald newspaper.
The National Herald scam is an ongoing case in a Delhi court filed by Indian economist and politician Subramanian Swamy against politicians Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, their companies and associated persons. As per the complaint filed in the court of the Metropolitan Magistrate, Associated Journals Limited (AJL) took an interest-free loan of Rs 90.25 crore (US$13 million) from Indian National Congress. It is alleged that the loan was not repaid.