Let’s see what Model Code of Conduct say on such meetings. (Source- Election Commission's website)
(1) The party or candidate shall inform the local police authorities of the venue
and time any proposed meeting Well in time so as to enable the police to make
necessary arrangements for controlling traffic and maintaining peace and order.
(2) A Party or candidate shall ascertain in advance if there is any restrictive or
prohibitory order in force in the place proposed for the meeting if such orders exist, they
shall be followed strictly. If any exemption is required from such orders, it shall be
applied for and obtained well in time.
(3) If permission or license is to be obtained for the use of loudspeakers or any
other facility in connection with any proposed meeting, the party or candidate shall
apply to the authority concerned well in advance and obtain such permission or license.
(4) Organizers of a meeting shall invariably seek the assistance of the police on
duty for dealing with persons disturbing a meeting or otherwise attempting to create
disorder. Organizers themselves shall not take action against such persons.
Thus every rally and its arrangements are permitted and approved by the local administration. Thus if the back-ground picture is unacceptable or objectionable, police has the authority to remove it!Thus the Congress/SP/BSP must read the real model code of conduct first and then they should give reactions. Such irresponsible comments indirectly create tension between communities as many people don’t know what exactly the model code of conduct is.
Again let us consider general conduct of Model Code of Conduct, (Source: EC's Website)
I. General Conduct
(1) No party or candidate shall include in any activity which may aggravate
existing differences or create mutual hatred or cause tension between different castes
and communities, religious or linguistic.
(2) Criticism of other political parties, when made, shall be confined to their
policies and programme, past record and work. Parties and Candidates shall refrain
from criticism of all aspects of private life, not connected with the public activities of the
leaders or workers of other parties. Criticism of other parties or their workers based on
unverified allegations or distortion shall be avoided.
(3) There shall be no appeal to caste or communal feelings for securing votes.
Mosques, Churches, Temples or other places of worship shall not be used as forum for
(4) All parties and candidates shall avoid scrupulously all activities which are
“corrupt practices” and offences under the election law, such as bribing of voters,
intimidation of voters, impersonation of voters, canvassing within 100 meters of polling
stations, holding public meetings during the period of 48 hours ending with the hour
fixed for the close of the poll, and the transport and conveyance of voters to and from
(5) The right of every individual for peaceful and undisturbed home-life shall be
respected, however much the political parties or candidates may resent his political
opinions or activities. Organizing demonstrations or picketing before the houses of
individuals by way of protesting against their opinions or activities shall not be resorted
to under any circumstances.
(6) No political party or candidate shall permit its or his followers to make use of
any individual’s land, building, compound wall etc., without his permission for erecting
flag-staffs, suspending banners, pasting notices, writing slogans etc.
(7) Political parties and candidates shall ensure that their supporters do not
create obstructions in or break up meetings and processions organized by other parties.
Workers or sympathisers of one political party shall not create disturbances at public
meetings organized by another political party by putting questions orally or in writing
or by distributing leaflets of their own party. Processions shall not be taken out by one-party along places at which meetings are held by another party. Posters issued by one
party shall not be removed by workers of another party.
The above guide line is self explanatory. I need not elaborate anything. I just conclude that Modi at least read those guidelines thoroughly and acted smartly, whereas all others simply ignored the code of conduct and indulged in personal attacks, dirty remarks, open appeal to various communities, castes etc.
Had EC been strict enough, starting from Sonia Gandhi to many top leaders including Imam Bukhari, Mulayam Singh, Mayawati would have been haunted by the law. Just one view on each point one would find many violators!
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