AAP’s Lok Sabha Campaign Song Faces Rejection Over Violation of EC Guidelines

New Delhi, April 29, 2024: The office of Delhi’s chief electoral officer has refuted the Aam Aadmi Party’s claim that the Election Commission banned its Lok Sabha campaign song “Jail Ka Jawab, Vote Se Denge,” deeming the claim “factually incorrect and misleading.”

The electoral body clarified that the AAP was instructed to revise the song’s content as it violated EC guidelines and advertising codes.

The Delhi chief electoral officer stated that the party was given the option to appeal before the state-level Media Certification and Monitoring Committee if it disagreed with the decision.

The over two-minute campaign song, composed and sung by AAP MLA Dilip Pandey, was unveiled at the party headquarters. AAP senior leader Atishi defended the song, emphasizing its factual content and denying any mention of the BJP or violation of the Model Code of Conduct.

However, the Delhi poll body raised eight objections to the song:

  1. The phrase “jail ke jawaab me hum vote denge” depicted an aggressive crowd holding a photo of CM Arvind Kejriwal behind bars, casting aspersions on the judiciary.
  2. The phrase “Tanashahi party ko hum chot denge,” accompanied by footage of protesters clashing with police, was deemed to incite violence.
  3. Similar phrases like ‘gundagardi ke khilaf vote denge’ and ‘tanashahi karne wali party ko hum chot denge’ with clips of AAP leader Manish Sisodia being escorted by police portrayed the police in a negative light.
  4. A particular phrase criticizing the ruling party based on unverified facts was considered slanderous and cast aspersions on the judiciary.
  5. The use of the phrase “Gundo wali party chodo” with images of other political leaders and their party symbols was seen as slanderous.
  6. Repetition of the phrase “Tanashahi party ko hum chot denge” throughout the song was objected to as it criticized the ruling party based on unverified facts.
  7. The phrase “Jail ka jawaab hum vote se denge” was missing from the submitted transcript.
  8. Certain phrases contravened ECI guidelines and advertising codes.

The committee advised the AAP to modify the song and video accordingly. However, it remains unclear why the letter outlining objections was sent two days after the song’s release.

The AAP has been contacted for further clarification on the timeline of submission and approval of the song by the Delhi CEO.

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