Congress to move court as EC revokes Kamal Nath’s star campaigner status

Kamal Nath
A star campaigner is one who can pull crowds and helps brand the party, if not the candidate. | File photo: PTI

The Congress party has decided to move court against the Election Commission’s decision to revoke the “star campaigner” status of former chief minister Kamal Nath, the party state unit’s media coordiator Narendra Saluja was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

Earlier on Friday (October 30), the top poll body had revoked the “star campaigner” status of the Congress leader for repeated violations of the model code while campaigning for the bypolls in 28 assembly constituencies in the state.

In an order issued on Friday, the Commission said, “…for repeated violation of Model Code of Conduct and for completely disregarding the advisory issued to him, the Commission hereby revokes the status of leader of political party (Star Campaigner) of Kamal Nath, Ex-Chief Minister, Madhya Pradesh, with immediate effect for the current Bye-elections of Legislative Assembly of Madhya Pradesh.”

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It said no permission will be granted by authorities to Kamal Nath as a star campaigner.

“However, if any campaign is done by Kamal Nath from now onwards, the entire expenditure related to travel, stay and visit will be completely borne by the candidate in whose constituency he carries out campaigning,” he said.

(With inputs from agencies)

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