Congress charges the governing Shiv Sena in the Lok Sabha elections of 2024 of breaking election laws

On Thursday, the Maharashtra Congress asked that all of the Shiv Sena candidates headed by Eknath Shinde have their candidatures revoked for allegedly abusing state buses for their election campaign, a violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC). In a letter to the chief electoral officer, Atul Londhe, the spokesman for the Congress state unit, said that officials of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) need to face consequences for permitting the use of their buses for political campaigning.

He said that the governing BJP and Shiv Sena have been breaking the MCC on a regular basis since the beginning of the Lok Sabha election campaign, and the Congress has officially complained to the Election Commission (EC) about this. He said, “The Shiv Sena, led by Chief Minister Shinde, has broken the MCC by using the MSRTC buses to illegally display banners while conducting party campaigning.”

According to Londhe, the use of public spaces and government-owned assets for political purposes is prohibited by a letter from the European Commission sent to the chief secretaries, cabinet secretaries, and executive officers of every state. “MSRTC officials have permitted the illegal use of over 1,000 buses for the election campaign of Shiv Sena candidates by allowing banners to be displayed on these buses, in spite of the ban,” he said.

The prime minister Narendra Modi, chief minister Eknath Shinde, deputy chief ministers Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar, and the Shiv Sena bow and arrow emblem, according to Londhe, are all prominently displayed on the banners. He said that, in addition to breaking the MCC, MSRTC personnel had compromised the integrity and impartiality of the electoral process.

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