MP: SC Stays EC’s Revocation of Kamal Nath As ‘Star Campaigner’

EC, in response, said it will file its reply at the earliest on Nath’s petition that challenged its order in SC.

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The Election Commission on Monday, 26 October, had said that Kamal Nath violated the poll advisory by using the word “item” against Imarti Devi.
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The Supreme Court on Monday, 2 November, stayed the Election Commission’s (EC) order of removing Congress leader Kamal Nath as a ‘star campaigner’, reported news agency ANI. The apex court’s order comes just one day ahead of the bypolls in the Madhya Pradesh, which will decide the fate of Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led BJP government.

The poll body, in response, said it will file its reply at the earliest on Nath's petition that challenged its order in the Supreme Court.

"Hon'ble Supreme Court is supreme. EC has been given an opportunity to file a reply in the matter, which shall be filed at the earliest," the EC said.

The former Madhya Pradesh CM had triggered a controversy by calling BJP’s Imarti Devi “item”. Taking note of his jibe against Devi, the EC had revoked the ‘star campaigner’ status of the leader ahead of the bypolls.

The EC advised the Congress leader to not to use such a word in public while the Model Code of Conduct was in place.

“The Commission hereby advises Kamal Nath, ex-chief minister Madhya Pradesh, that while making public utterances, he should not use any such word or statement during the period of Model Code of Conduct,” EC’s order said, reported PTI.

What Did Kamal Nath Say?

While addressing the rally, Nath had said, Our candidates are straightforward in nature, not like her, what is her name (the crowd replied ‘Imarti Devi’)... why should I even take her name? What an item!”

Following this, the National Commission for Women (NCW) had condemned the remark, referring to it as ‘irresponsible and disparaging'. Further, the commission had sought an explanation from Nath and forwarded the matter to the EC for necessary action.

Bypolls in 28 Madhya Pradesh Assembly seats will be held on 3 November.

(With inputs from ANI)

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