In a setback to Congress ahead of the Madhya Pradesh bypolls, the Election Commission on Friday revoked the "star campaigner" status of former Chief Minister Kamal Nath for “repeated violations" of the model code while campaigning in 28 assembly constituencies in the state.
In an order issued on Friday, the Commission 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 said no permission will be granted by authorities to Kamal Nath as a star campaigner.
"However, if any campaign is done by Kamal Nath from now onwards, the entire expenditure related to travel, stay and visit will be completely borne by the candidate in whose constituency he carries out campaigning," he said.
Calling the action “unconstitutional", Congress said it would approach the Supreme Court against EC’s move.
(With inputs from PTI)