Election Commission on Tuesday warned political parties of taking “stern action” again violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC), saying it will not remain a “mute spectator”. In a letter addressed to office bearers of political parties, the poll panel reminded the parties that MCC, which came in force on January 4 when elections in five states were announced, restricts leaders from making communal statements.
“...political parties and their leaders should desist from making statements to the effect of creating disharmony between different sections of society on the basis of religion as the same disturb the peace and tranquility of the society which is absolutely essential for free and peaceful conduct of elections,” the letter said.
“The Commission will not remain silent spectator if the provisions of law of MCC are violated but will take stern action for all violations under all powers available,” the letter said. It asked political parties to issue advisories on this.