BJP protests 'DD's misuse' during polls in Gujarat and Himachal

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New Delhi, Nov 17 (UNI) Taking exception to the live telecast primarily devoted to BJP bashing during the All India Congress Committee meeting, the BJP today said it amounted to serious breach of model code of conduct when the elections were taking place in the states of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.

BJP spokesman Ravishankar Prasad said Doordarshan, the public broadcaster had telecast the speeches of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the AICC Session here.

The speeches were mainly targeted against the BJP, the principal contender to the Congress in these two states where the code of conduct for elections was in force.

''The code of conduct requires 'judicious use' of the time of the public broadcaster by all parties concerned. This telecast amounts to blatant misuse of the authority by the Congress party which heads the UPA coalition at the Centre,'' Mr Prasad said.

He said the content of the speeches of these two leaders was substantially aimed against the BJP and the live telecast had placed his party in a disadvantageous position. ''We strongly protest this,'' he said.

Asked if the BJP would approach the Election Commission for the moral code of conduct, he said the party had now registered its protest in public and it would follow it up in all appropriate forums it deemed fit, he said.


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