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EC biased against nationalist leaders: BJP MLA OP Sharma after notice for MCC 'violation'

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The has issued a show cause notice to BJP MLA Om Prakash Sharma for posting photos featuring him, IAF and on social media, prompting the to dub the poll body "bias against nationalist leaders".

The (EC) has asked him to take down the post and reply to the show cause notice by Thursday.

Sharma told he has deleted the post mentioned by the EC, but said he did not understand why was the poll body was so "allergic" to a person cheering the heroic act of its soldiers and rejoicing over an act of national honour.

"The is biased against nationalist leaders like me," he said.

The Election Commission Sunday announced the schedule for the Lok Sabha polls. The model code of conduct is in place across the country since the announcement of poll dates. Polling in will be held on May 12.

The posters, shared on by the BJP MLA on March 1, featured Modi, BJP Amit Shah, the IAF officer, and Sharma, who represents the Vishwas Nagar seat in the Assembly.

"has bowed down. Our brave soldier has returned. It's a big diplomatic victory that Modiji has brought Abhinandan back in very little time," the message in the photos read.

K M Mahesh told PTI, "We issued a show cause notice to Sharma for posting posters featuring on "

"He (Sharma) has been asked to furnish a reply by 11 am Thursday. It's a violation of the Model Code of Conduct and appropriate action will be taken," Mahesh, who is also the district election officer, said.

The notice was issued on Tuesday.

Sharma said he has removed his post because he did not want to stretch the matter.

"I do not understand of to such a tweet. Have they issued notices to anyone for election related hoardings and posters that have been removed after announcement of Lok Sabha polls? I was not seeking votes for my party nor am I candidate for the elections," Sharma said.

He alleged the poll body did not act on the complaints lodged by the BJP against for making phone calls to "misguide voters" and the allegedly collecting details of parents of schoolchildren.

On March 9, the Election Commission asked political parties to "desist from displaying photographs of defence personnel" against the backdrop of a picture showing a hoarding with images of Varthaman as well as leaders of a party.

The referred to its December 2013 letter in which it had "called upon all political parties to advise their candidates and leaders to desist from displaying photographs of defence personnel or photographs functions involving defence personnel in advertisements".

An Indian Air Force Bison, piloted by Varthaman, had shot down a Air Force fighter aircraft on February 27. However, his plane was also shot down and he was arrested in

The fighter pilot overnight became a sensation and a mascot of heroism. Latching on to his popularity, leaders of several political parties sought to use his photos for political mileage.

The pilot returned home after his nearly three-day captivity in Pakistan on March 1.

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First Published: Wed, March 13 2019. 20:05 IST