As Gujarat’s political temperature heats up, the Congress party on Tuesday filed a complaint with National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) as it alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party are “misusing” children in their political campaign.
Congress leader Supriya Shrinate filed a complaint with the NCPCR over a video shared by PM Modi in which a girl is seen speaking about the party’s governance. “We have lodged a complaint before Priyank Kanoongo of NCPCR against the misuse of children for election and political campaigns by PM Modi in Gujarat. Have also marked a copy to the Election Commission for violation of the model code of conduct. Mr. Kanoongo, you have been conspicuously quiet. Why?” She asked, posting a video on Twitter.
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“The impugned video with the minor child singing and campaigning for BJP has been endorsed (through re-tweets) and shared across various social media platforms, thereby making it amply evident that the said video and the minor child therein are being used for the election campaign of BJP by Shri Narendra Modi Ji.”
Shrinate also accused NCPCR chairman Kanoongo of having taken training from “Shakha” in an apparent reference to RSS as she recalled when he had written to EC about the “presence” of children in the Rahul Gandhi-led Bharat Jodo Yatra.
“We hope that the concern was not selective and that you shall take the strictest and immediate action against the offenders in question who have egregiously, and without a shred of doubt, used a minor child for express campaign purposes. This is an actionable claim since it directly violates your own directive,” Shrinate said as she urged intervention.
All India Congress Committee general secretary Jairam Ramesh reacted to the matter saying, “This is an open and shut case of violation of child rights and misuse of children for electioneering by the PM himself. NCPCR and EC are on a severe test now.”
(With inputs from PTI)