Central poll panel issues notice to BJP leader for putting up pic of Wing Commndr Varthaman in poster

Despite warning from the Election Commission that pics of armed forces personnel will not be used by political parties in their campaigning for parliamentary poll, the central poll panel has had to issue a issue a show-cause notice to Delhi BJP MLA Om Prakash Sharma.

This after it was alleged that BJP leader put up two posters featuring him, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman on Facebook.

The Election Commission (EC) has asked him to take down the post and give a reply by Thursday.

The Lok Sabha elections is scheduled to begin on April 11 and will continue till May 19. Polling in Delhi will be held in two phases.

The posters, shared on social media on March 1, feature PM Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah, the IAF officer, and Mr Sharma, who represents the Vishwas
Nagar seat in the Delhi Assembly.

The directive had come against the backdrop of a picture showing a hoarding with images of Varthaman and leaders of a party.

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