The Congress and NCP have taken objection to an advertisement published on the day of civic poll voting in some newspapers, featuring actor Aamir Khan appealing to Mumbaikars to vote for transparency and good governance.
The opposition parties have alleged that the ad is a violation of the model code of conduct. However, the State Election Commission said it will look into the matter only if someone files a complaint.
Congress claimed that ‘Mumbai First’, the organisation which gave the full-page ad in the newspapers today, is closely associated with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
The advertisement, which has appeared in English, Marathi and Hindi dailies, prominently uses words like ‘transparency’, ‘change’, ‘pardarshita’ and ‘parivartan’.
‘Transparency’ was the ruling BJP’s main poll plank.
EC said “An appeal to voters is fine. If there is a direct campaign by a particular party then only it can be objectionable. If someone approaches SEC with a complaint, we will look into it.”