NCPCR writes to Priyanka Gandhi alleging use of children in political campaign in ongoing Polls

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Congress general secretary and eastern Uttar Pradesh in-charge of the Congress party Priyanka Gandhi Vadra who joined politics this year giving a threshold to the Congress in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections received a notice from the Election Commission for the use of children in her political campaign that strictly violates the Model Code of Conduct.

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) writes to Election commission asking a probe into the matter and granted three days to respond on the issue. The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights alleged the General Secretary of encouraging the children to use abusive remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The notice issued to Priyanka Gandhi, sister of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, included “The children were seen shouting Congress slogans and using derogatory remarks against Prime Minister in your presence.”

The NCPCR claimed that they received a complaint and a video in which children were seen being used for election campaigning.

According to the rules set by the Election Commission of India (ECI), “all political parties must ensure that the children are not involved for election purposes such as the distribution of posters/pamphlets, participate in slogan shouting, rallies, election meetings, etc.”

In her response to the Election Commission, Priyanka Gandhi claimed that she is being alleged of false claims. She made attempts to stop the children from using derogatory remarks but the ruling party has edited the video in their favor and presented accordingly.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was campaigning in Amethi for Congress candidate Rahul Gandhi when she came across a bunch of students that were shouting Congress-friendly slogans. When they resorted to slogans against PM, shouting “chowkidar Chor hai,” Priyanka Gandhi cupped her mouth in surprise.

Amethi has been a Congress Bastion since 1967. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has fielded Union Minister and the Minister of textiles, Smriti Irani from Amethi for the 17th Lok Sabha elections.

Amethi will go to polls in the fifth Phase of the Lok Sabha Polls on May 6. The results will be announced on May 23.

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