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No ads in print on polling day: Election Commission

No ads in print on polling day: Election Commission
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The Election Commission on Thursday directed that no political party, candidate, organisation or any person will publish any advertisement in print media on February 3 and 4 unless contents of the advertisement proposed to be published have been pre-certified by the political parties and candidates from the Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC) committee.

New Delhi: The Election Commission on Thursday directed that no political party, candidate, organisation or any person will publish any advertisement in print media on February 3 and 4 unless contents of the advertisement proposed to be published have been pre-certified by the political parties and candidates from the Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC) committee.

This came after many instances of advertisements of offending and misleading nature have brought to the Election Commission's notice in the past.

A similar direction has been issued to all the newspapers in Goa and Punjab asking them not to publish any advertisement in the print media on the same dates which has not been pre-certified by the said MCMC.

Meanwhile, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati on Thursday trashed the surveys ahead of the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls and said these are "sponsored" and hence not to be taken seriously.

Varun Gandhi, excluded from the BJP's list of "star campaigners" in Uttar Pradesh for the first two phases of the assembly elections, is back on the list for the third and fourth phases. So is former state BJP chief Vinay Katiyar whose comments last week about Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and later about Smriti Irani of his own party were slammed as "sexist."

MSY’s another flip-flop
In the latest twist in the Yadav family battle ahead of the Uttar Pradesh polls, Mulayam Singh Yadav (MSY) has taken a 180-degree turn and said he will not just campaign for his Samajwadi Party but also the Congress; days ago, he had gone public withhis deep resentment at the alliance forged by his son, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

"He is my son after all," Mulayam Singh said, asked by a reporter if Akhilesh Yadav had his blessings. The Congress in UP moved the EC alleging that BJP leaders Keshav Prasad Maurya and Subramanian Swamy had made remarks amounting to soliciting votes in the name of religion and demanded "stern action" against the party.

Meanwhile, only seven per cent of the 1,145 candidates in the fray in the Punjab assembly elections are females -- a figure pointing to the patriarchal predominance of all political parties -- and making a mockery of their promise of 33 per cent quota for women in legislative bodies.

The Congress has fielded candidates from all 117 assembly constituencies in Punjab where polling is scheduled to be held on Saturday. Only 11 of the Congress contestants are women.

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