President office seek EC intervention against Congress for using Mukherjee’s photo in poll campaign
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 22-Jan-2017

New Delhi, January 22: The President’s office has asked Election commission to take appropriate action against Ludhiana Congress wing for violating the code of conduct. As the Ludhiana unit of Congress used the photograph and the name of President of India Dr. Pranab Mukherjee in an election campaign meeting on Friday.
Secretary to the President, Mrs. Omita Paul on Saturday has written a letter to Election Commission of India on the use of President’s photos for political purposes. In this letter, Omita highlighted saying that the President is above party politics and neither his photo nor anything related to him in his capacity as the President can or should be used for any political purposes.

Embeded Object"All political parties should desist from ever linking the President to any political party in any manner for political goals," she said. "It is requested that necessary steps may be taken to ensure this neutrality of the Office of the President of India is not breached in any manner," Omita added.

Embeded Object"The news items also reported that the photo of the President in hoardings along with other leaders of a political party is being looked into by the Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner and the District Election Officer for any possible violation of any law," Paul wrote.

Embeded ObjectNotably, Sharmistha Mukherjee the daughter of President Mukherjee is an also Congress leader was in Ludhiana to hold campaigns and meetings for the party. She was hosted by Ludhiana district Congress President Gurpreet Gogi and Ludhiana west candidate Bharat Bhushan Ashu. Sharmistha was welcomed by party leaders and hoardings were put up with a photograph of the President, Ludhiana MP Ravneet Singh Bittu, Gogi and Capt. Amarinder Singh.

Embeded ObjectMeanwhile, Ludhiana Congress wing said that there was no intention to use the name of President Mukherjee for election campaigns, the photos were put in the hoarding to welcome Sharmistha Mukherjee.

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