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Don’t put curbs on Dussehra: BJP

The BJP’s protest followed the poll panel’s decision to regard participation of politicians in religious functions as violation of the model code of conduct.

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal | Published: October 13, 2013 2:33:13 am

THE BJP Saturday accused the Election Commission of India of denying politicians their freedom of religion by preventing them from attending religious events like Dussehra and Navratri.

The BJP’s protest followed the poll panel’s decision to regard participation of politicians in religious functions as violation of the model code of conduct.

The poll panel has also directed collectors not to allow public worship of weapons and path sanchalans (route marches) on the occasion of Dussehra. Usually organised by the RSS on the occasion of Dussehra,several route marches had been planned across the state.

BJP campaign management committee chief and Rajya Sabha MP Anil Dave led a delegation to the office of the Chief Electoral Officer and submitted a memorandum seeking review of the order. “Navratri,Dussehra and Diwali are celebrated in October and November and politicians traditionally attend the festivities… (the order) should not put curbs on religion and conduct,’’ he said.

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