Punjab’s Chief Electoral Officer on Saturday ordered the registration of two separate FIRs in Mohali following complaints filed against Delhi Chief Minister and National AAP Organizer Arvind Kejriwal and Shiromani Akali Dal Chairman Sukhbir Singh Badal, for alleged violation of the model code of conduct. The orders, on the eve of voting in the Punjab Assembly elections, came following complaints by the AAP and the Akali Dal against each other over videos posted on the social networks.
Mohali Police have registered an FIR against Kejriwal following a complaint alleging breach of the Model Code “for making false and frivolous allegations against other parties”. The complaint was filed by Arshdeep Singh Kler, spokesperson for Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), who objected to a video uploaded to social media by the AAP’s state unit. He alleged that the video defamed the image of SAD and other parties.
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The video is a song clip, “es vaar jhaadu challooga (the broom will sweep this time)”, which shows photographs of Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, Captain Amarinder Singh and Sukhbir Badal, and uses a pejorative term for them .
Speaking to The Indian Express, Kler alleged that the AAP uploaded such videos on social media, while getting other videos approved by the EC. “This is the third time this has happened…”, he alleged. Ordering the District Electoral Officer-District Commissioner and Chief Superintendent of Police Mohali to record an FIR, the CEO of Punjab had said the video had not been approved.
A senior police officer said a complaint had been made under IPC Article 188 (disobedience to orders duly issued by an official).
Meanwhile, the AAP alleged that “during the silence period, Badal posted a video on his Facebook page that consists of his call for the vote with the intent to mislead voters and improperly influence voters. voters”. The CEO’s office said that “the said media content is still being broadcast on Sukhbir Singh Badal’s Facebook page, which is in violation of Section 126(1)(b) of the Representation of the People Act 1951, as set out in chapter 8.3.1. of the Driving Pattern Handbook…” “In view of the above, you are hereby requested to register the FIR in accordance with the legal provisions,” the letter to the Mohali administration and police states. It has not been possible to confirm whether an FIR has been filed against Sukhbir Badal.
AAP also filed another complaint regarding the alleged broadcast of a doctored audio clip of Kejriwal’s wife, Sunita.