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Ahead of MCD polls, BJP urges EC to direct removal of words 'Aam Aadmi' from Delhi govt schemes

India TV Politics Desk New Delhi 20 Mar 2017, 21:16:38 IST
India TV Politics Desk

Ahead of municiapal polls in Delhi, a BJP delegation today met Election Commission seeking direction to remove the words "Aam Aadmi" from the names of the AAP government-run schemes. 

A delegation, comprising Delhi BJP leaders met State Election Commissioner SK Srivastava and sought his direction to remove the words "Aam Aadmi" from government schemes, including mohalla clinics. 

Leader of Opposition Vijender Gupta, who led the delegation, said the model code of conduct has come into force in all areas under the three civic bodies and the ruling Aam Aadmi Party should not be allowed to use its official position during electioneering. 

The BJP leaders, including MLAs Jagdish Pradhan and OP Sharma, also handed over a memorandum of their demands to Srivastava. 

"The Delhi government is running about 150 Aam Aadmi Mohalla Clinics in different parts of the city where the words 'Aam Aadmi' are prominently displayed on hoardings, bill boards and banners etc," the memorandum read. 

"It is also running Aam Aadmi Bypass Express Bus Service that covers a vast area of the city," it said. 

Naming of these clinics and the bus service after the Aam Aadmi Party is sure to "influence" the voters in its favor, to the "disadvantage" of other political parties in the fray, the BJP delegation claimed. 

"The Aam Aadmi Party is in an advantageous position by the virtue of its official position for the purpose of its election campaign. 

"It is strongly urged that the Delhi government be directed to remove or cover the words 'Aam Aadmi' from hoardings, banners, name paints, name plates, banners, bill boards etc," it said. 

Citing relevant examples, the BJP delegation said the Election Commission in the recently held elections in Uttar Pradesh directed to cover the word 'Samajwadi' on 1,488 ambulances operated under 'Samajwadi Swasthya Sewa'. 

"In 2012 too, it had directed that the elephant symbol of the BSP be covered in parks," it said. 

Elections to north, east and south municipal corporations will be held on April 22 and the results will come out on April 25.

(With PTI inputs)