New Delhi: Supreme Court on Monday stayed Election Commission’s order removing Congress’s Kamal Nath as the party’s star campaigner.
The former Madhya Pradesh chief minister had moved the apex court challenging the poll body’s decision to revoke his “star campaigner” status for violations of the model code during campaigning for the bye-polls in 28 assembly constituencies in the state.
“We are staying the Election Commission’s order and the EC has no power,” said Chief Justice of India SA Bobde.
The top court asked the Election Commission to justify its order by filing an affidavit, while the poll body said that the matter is ‘remediless’ since the campaigning is over and voting will be held on Tuesday.
The EC had on Friday revoked Nath’s “star campaigner” status for “repeated violations” of the model code while campaigning in 28 assembly constituencies in the state.
Nath had used the words “mafia” and “milawat khor” against a political rival at a recent campaigning event.
In its order, the Commission had 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.”
It added that no permission will be granted by authorities to Nath as a star campaigner.