EC bans ads after BJP’s cow jibe at Nitish; final poll phase today
NEW DELHI: A newspaper advertisement issued by the BJP in Bihar, featuring a woman hugging a cow, added fuel to the surcharged political atmosphere ahead of Thursday’s final phase of voting to be held in minority concentrated districts. The JD(U) accused its main rival of promoting communal hatred to polarise voters while the Election Commission (EC) ordered a ban on publishing advertisements by any party or candidate on the day of polling.
The JD(U) was livid as the advertisement questions chief minister Nitish Kumar’s silence on controversial remarks by ally Lalu Prasad and other RJD leaders on consumption of beef by Hindus.
JD(U) general secretary KC Tyagi said the advertisement violates the model code of conduct, which clearly prohibits use of religion to seek votes. “Stop vote bank politics and explain whether you endorse these statements?” the ad says, before listing three comments made by Lalu Prasad and other leaders. In each of the statements, the word beef is highlighted in red.
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