Congress moves EC against Harsh Vardhan’s polio claim

The Congress on Monday approached the Election Commission against the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate in Delhi,Harsh Vardhan.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: November 12, 2013 2:09:24 am

The Congress on Monday approached the Election Commission against the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate in Delhi,Harsh Vardhan. It accused him of violating the model code of conduct by making “false and distorted claims” that he had made Delhi polio-free when he was the health minister. The Congress,instead,claimed credit for getting the national capital free of the disease.

In a complaint to Chief Electoral Officer of Delhi Vijay Dev,AICC legal department secretary K C Mittal argued that the claims made by Harsh Vardhan and the BJP in advertisements and radio spots was contrary to the records.

“It is revealed from the records that in 1998,there were 47 polio cases and,in 1999,the number of cases were 73. This by itself would show that his claim is false and misleading. If Delhi would have been left polio free by the BJP in 1998,the number of cases in 1998-1999 would have been nil. Even in 1999,the number of cases came to be 73 because of the earlier mismanagement by them,” the Congress said.

Claiming credit,the complaint said the Congress government successfully made Delhi polio-free as the number of cases went down to one in 2009.

“The significant decline in number of polio cases was due to the efforts of the Congress government. More significantly,from 2010 onwards until 2012,polio cases in Delhi came to be zero. It is clear that the Congress ruling party made the capital city polio-free and not Harsh Vardhan as claimed by him,” the Congress said.

Arguing that the code of conduct prohibits distorted claims and campaigns or advertisements or criticism of another political party on unverified facts,the Congress demanded that “all advertisements,campaign material… which reflect and show that Harsh Vardhan made ‘Delhi polio-free’ should be stopped and removed from Delhi,” the Congress said.

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