DMK chief pulled-up by EC to explain advertisement on Internet

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Chennai, May 16: The Election Commission summoned DMK Chief Karunanidhi to explain the political propaganda and campaign on social media in the 48 hours window. He was asked as to why action should not be taken against him for "violating" the code of conduct.

After the AIADMK IT Wing complained in this regard, Karunanidhi was reprimanded reminding him of the poll conduct. chief electoral officer Rajesh Lakhoni told him telecast/broadcast of all political advertisement in all electronic form should be "stopped 48 hours before the day of close of poll."

Karunanidhi

Citing the EC guidelines, Lokhani said during the 48 hours window, no person shall convene or address public meetings or processions or propagate an election matter.

He said, "I am therefore to direct you to stop posting/displaying of such political propaganda/campaign in the social media immediately on receipt of this letter and to offer your explanation as to why action should not be taken against you for violating the code of conduct of Election Commission of India on or before 5 PM on May 17, 2016."

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The EC on Saturday had issued showcause notices to AIADMK and DMK Supremo for violating the model code, saying that the election manifestos do not fulfill its guidelines.

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