The brand ambassador of Election Commission of India (EC) for the Punjab Assembly polls,Jaspal Bhatti,on Thursday suggested to the EC that it should not take notice if rival candidates stoop to mudslinging and even character assassination to some extent in the run-up to the January 30 polls.
According to the memorandum submitted by Bhatti,the move will help the voters to make up their mind in choosing the candidate who is less corrupt. Moreover,when candidates dig up each others scandals,it provides entertainment to the public and they get involved in the democratic process with greater interest. It gives color to the otherwise dry elections. The memorandum added that it is now that misdeeds and secret properties of the candidates surface and cartoons and parodies featuring kakaji and maharaja should also be encouraged as it evokes creativity.
This is my suggestion as a social satirist. But as far as my responsibility as a brand icon is concerned,I appeal to all valid voters to cast their votes judiciously without fear and greed, said Bhatti.
State Special Chief Electoral Officer Usha R Sharma,who received the letter,said: Whatever he is saying must be taken in good humour. It is not the question of accepting the suggestions as they are only satirical.
She added: We would wish to tell him that being a brand ambassador,he is requested not to violate the model code which includes bar on him from appearing on any political platform.
Meanwhile,a notice has been issued to former DGP Paramdeep Singh Gill for allegedly violating of the model code of conduct in Moga,said Sharma. Gill had reportedly put up a red light atop his vehicle and posters outside his office.