05/11/2015 9:04 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Bihar Polls: EC Issues Notice To BJP Over Beef Advertisement

India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi speaks during an election campaign rally in Kalol, in the western Indian state of Gujarat, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Modi's carefully crafted and well-financed campaign presents him as a can-do politician who has turned his home state of Gujarat into a haven for business and industry, and has pledged to bolster India's growth. The banner reads "Modi government this time." (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

PATNA -- The Election Commission has issued a notice to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) seeking explanation over their newspaper advertisement yesterday on beef.


BJP's beef advertisement advertisement.

Additional Chief Electoral Officer R. Laxmanan said that a notice was served to Bihar BJP chief Mangal Pandey yesterday.

Earlier, the Election Commission directed that no advertisements shall be published in the poll-bound Bihar unless its contents were ratified by the Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC) at the state and district level.

Election Commission's directions came after the BJP gave an advertisement in newspapers featuring a woman hugging a cow, attacking Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on his silence over statements made by his allies on beef.

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