SC verdict on virtual campaigning in MP by-election, Madhya Pradesh HC ban

The Election Commission had filed a petition in the Supreme Court against the High Court order.

26th October, 2020


The Supreme Court has stayed a High Court order related to the by-elections in Madhya Pradesh. The Supreme Court has stayed the order of Madhya Pradesh High Court for virtual election campaigning in Madhya Pradesh by-election. The Election Commission had filed a petition in the Supreme Court against the High Court order. The Supreme Court asked the commission to take appropriate steps in view of the Corona epidemic. Let the Election Commission reach the Supreme Court on Thursday challenging the High Court order in Madhya Pradesh by-election.

In fact, the Madhya Pradesh High Court, according to the Electoral Commission's Guidelines, had banned the permission given for political gathering among the people with limited numbers for campaigning in the assembly by-elections. Assembly by-elections are being held after the resignation of the loyal Congress MLAs to Jyotiraditya Scindia, who joined BJP in Madhya Pradesh.

What did the Madhya Pradesh High Court say in the order?

The Gwalior Bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court had banned (physical) rallies among political parties in the state. The Gwalior Bench of the High Court stated in its order that they have barred political parties from physical meetings until they have been certified by the District Magistrates and the Election Commission that a virtual election campaign is not possible. Even if permission is allowed to hold a physical meeting, the political party will need to deposit money for this. This amount should be sufficient to double the number of masks and sanitizers required for the protection and sanitization of the number of people required in the House.

Category: India

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Reported by:
Pankaj Prasad