Amid allegations that an company owned by a BJP chief was employed for election-related on-line adverts in the course of the 2019 Maharashtra Meeting polls, the state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) stated that the choice of the agency was accomplished by the state Directorate Normal of Info and Public Relations (DGIPR).
In a press release, it additionally stated that it was “deceptive and incorrect” to recommend that the CEO Maharashtra had engaged any company on political concerns.
Congress chief Prithviraj Chavan had on Friday alleged that an promoting and social media firm owned by a BJP office-bearer was employed by the Maharashtra CEO to difficulty election-related on-line adverts in the course of the 2019 meeting polls.
On Thursday, activist Saket Gokhale had additionally made this allegation in a tweet.
“It’s deceptive and incorrect to recommend that the workplace of Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) has engaged any company on political concerns. As per the usual follow, electoral consciousness marketing campaign is launched via an company engaged by the Directorate Normal of Info and Public Relations (DGIPR) of the Maharashtra authorities,” the CEO stated within the assertion.
“They (DGIPR), in flip comply with guidelines in drive and a laid-down process for choosing an applicable company for public consciousness and it isn’t (accomplished) by the CEO Workplace,” the assertion stated.
“In so far as for the particular imputation made within the tweet of Saket Gokhale, an interim reply of info has been despatched to the Election Fee of India (ECI),” it added.
“In the meantime, another representations on the matter have been acquired from some public representatives, that are additionally being addressed and an in depth response on this regard shall be despatched to the fee quickly,” the CEO’s assertion stated.
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