The District Magistrate of East District issued a showcause notice MLA O P Sharma, asking him to pull down a post from his timeline which carries a photo of Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman alongside that of Prime Minister.
EC directed facebook, twitter, youtube, and whatsapp to remove all post having Abhinandan’ Photo for political interest
Issuing the notice on Tuesday, DM (East) K Mahesh said the image was shared on Sharma’s Twitter handle. But on Wednesday, he said that it was, in fact, on his Facebook timeline. Mahesh drew Sharma’s attention to the Election Commission’s letter dated March 13 — that the Model Code of Conduct had come into force — and the General Advisory to political parties dated March 9. Army personnel photo can not be used
As of 9 pm on Wednesday, the Facebook post was still up. Mahesh, meanwhile, said: “I have directed Facebook to remove the posts, which carry the photo of a defence personnel, from Sharma’s account. They have been given 24 hours to do it.”
The EC’s advisory had stated: “The Ministry of Defence has brought to the notice of the Commission that photographs of defence personnel are being used by political parties, their leaders and candidates in advertisements as part of their election propaganda, and requested the Commission to issue suitable instructions in this regard.”