Mumbai: Continuing its tirade against Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, senior Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Raut alleged that the Chief Minister has violated the Model Code of Conduct by giving interviews to a private television news channels after the end of campaign from his official residence.
The State Election Commission of Maharashtra (SECM) Election Commission, J S Saharia clarified that while the SECM has stopped telecast, printing of advertisements in print media, audio-visual advertisements on private television channels and the bulk paid SMS services, the Commission cannot take action on individual interviews.
Earlier in the day, Raut remarked that Fadnavis is giving interviews to private television news channels even after the campaigning for the municipal corporation elections ended on February 19.
He said, “While speaking to private news channels the Fadnavis is seen wearing a badge of the Lotus (Bharatiya Janata Party election symbol) on his chest.”
This act is a gross misuse of the government machinery.” Raut argued that the Chief Minister was trying to influence the voters.
The Sena MP said that the Sena has lodged a complaint with the SECM in this regards. Raut further claimed, “Fadnavis is trying to intimidate the opposition using the government machinery.”
He argued that if Fadnavis got permission to breach the campaign deadline, then all other political parties too should
have got permission to do same.
Raut further contended, “These days, long interviews on private news channels are nothing but “paid news.” The Sena MP stated that Fadnavis had violated the provisions of section 126 of the Representation of the Peoples Act.