Babul Supriyo Plays BJP Theme Song in WB Despite EC Ban, FIR Filed
West Bengal Chief Electoral Officer Ariz Aftab on Wednesday, 25 April, filed an FIR against Union Minister Babul Supriyo for violating the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.
This came after a complaint was filed by the Trinamool Congress (TMC) with the Election Commission (EC), seeking action against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Babul Supriyo and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for playing the party's theme song for the state, which was banned by the polling body on 7 April, ANI reported.
"On 23 April 2019, PM Narendra Modi delivered a speech in Asansol, Bengal. A link to the said speech is produced herewith. After the first nine minutes of the video, the leaders of the BJP on the stage can be heard announcing that they will play the song," the TMC said in the complaint letter.
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"This song is the BJP theme song for the elections in West Bengal and has been banned from being played out in public by the Election Commission,” the letter added.
The complaint also noted that neither Supriyo nor the BJP had received certification from the Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC) to play the song.
"The BJP leaders on the stage, to welcome PM Modi, have played the aforesaid song anyway. Therefore, this is a clear violation of multiple instructions laid down by the ECI those advertisements of any form need prior certification from the MCMC," it further read.
ANI reported that TMC has also urged the poll body to take strict and immediate action against the BJP leaders, and to "teach a lesson to those who willfully violate the direct orders of the Election Commission."
Supriyo himself has tweeted video clips after the ban came into effect, where the banned song can be heard playing in the background.
The Election Commission had on 7 April banned the song composed by Supriyo following TMC objections. The poll body had also asked the party to retract the song.
(With inputs from ANI)