The Election Commission (EC) has said that Prime
Minister Narendra Modi’s address to nation on the success of Mission Shakti, anti-satellite
missile testing, did not violate the provision of ”party in power” in Model
Code of Conduct (MCC).
The EC has taken the decision based on the
report of a committee of officers. The EC had set up a committee to examine
whether Prime Minister’s address to the nation was in violation to provisions
of MCC after opposition parties had alleged so and demanded actions against it.
PM’s address was telecast on numerous news
channels, social media and radio. The committee had sought response from state
broadcasters Doordarshan and All India Radio (AIR) about the source of feed. Doordarshan
had informed the EC that PM’s message was telecast from the feed provided by
The committee had come to the conclusion that
the MCC provision regarding misuse of official mass media (Para (IV) of Part
VII) is not attracted to the case. Issue of advertisement at the cost of public
money in the newspapers and other media and the misuse of official mass media
during the election period for partisan coverage of political news and
publicity regarding achievements amounts to violation of MCC.
Model code of Conduct (MCC) are the guidelines
issued by the Election Commission of India for conduct of political parties and
candidates during elections. The MCC comes into force immediately on the
announcement of the election schedule by the commission. The Code remains in
force till the end of the electoral process.