NEW DELHI: The Election Commission on Tuesday advised political parties and candidates against indulging in any political propaganda involving activities of defence forces, days after it reiterated its standing instructions asking them not to use photographs of defence personnel in advertisements.

“Political parties/candidates are advised that their campaigners/candidates should desist, as part of their election campaigning, from indulging in any political propaganda involving activities of defence forces,” the poll panel said in its advisory.

Sources in the EC said that while general references to wars, military actions including the recent air strikes as well as extolling defence forces for the same would not be restrained, as and when such references link these actions to a party in power at the time or a political person or persons, it would be construed as political propaganda involving the defence forces. The commission said the new advisory was in continuation to its March 9 instructions restraining parties and candidates from using pictures of defence personnel or events involving defence personnel, in their campaigns.

The latest advisory comes against the backdrop of complaints against parties for using the armed forces for political gains, especially in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack and the February 26 IAF air strike in Pakistan.



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