New Delhi, November 2
The Supreme Court today stayed the Election Commission’s decision to revoke the “star campaigner” status of Congress leader and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath for allegedly violating the model code of conduct during campaigning for the Assembly byelection in the state.
“Who gives you the power to determine who is the leader of the party? We stay this order. You have no such power,” a Bench headed by CJI SA Bobde told the commission while staying its October 30 order.
While a political party pays for expenditure of its star campaigners, individual candidates pay for expenditure of other campaigners.
On behalf of the EC, senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi submitted that the matter had become infructuous because the poll campaign was already over. — TNS