EC also issued notice to Rahul for the interview and asked him to explain by December 18 why action should not be taken against him for violating the model code.
The Election Commission termed the telecast of interview as “display of election matter” in violation of the 48-hour ban in force for Phase-2 polling.
Acting on reports and complaints against telecast of Rahul Gandhi’s interview across poll-bound districts, the EC said “such display falls within the definition of ‘election matter’ under Section 126(3) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 and display of such election matter within 48 hours ending with hour fixed for conclusion of poll in the poll-going areas, amounts to violation of Section 126(1)(b) of the Representation of the People Act”.
The EC order said: “The Commission after due deliberations has, therefore, directed the chief electoral officer of Gujarat to initiate necessary action by filing FIR against those who have violated the above mentioned provisions in Phase 2 districts in Gujarat going to poll tomorrow, i.e., 14th December, 2017”.
The Election Commission also asked the TV channels “which are violating the provision of Section 126(1)(b) by displaying said election matter in Phase 2 districts in Gujarat to forthwith stop the display of such matter”.
The BJP had filed three complaints with the Gujarat election commission claiming that Rahul’s interview constitutes poll campaigning, which is not allowed 48 hours before the elections.
Source : timesofindia