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17 Mar 2019

Man prints "Vote for Modi" on wedding-card, gets EC's notice

"Vote for Modi" wedding card invites EC's notice

A man's "love" for Prime Minister Narendra Modi got him into trouble with Election Commission.

Jagdish Chandra Joshi, who belongs to Uttarakhand, thought it would be nice to get "Vote for Modi" printed on his son's wedding invitation. However, EC didn't like his idea and sent him a notice on Saturday.

Subsequently, Joshi claimed he was apolitical.

Here's what happened.

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"Vote for Modi" wedding card invites EC's notice
Before blessing couple, vote for PM Modi, read the card

Wedding card

Before blessing couple, vote for PM Modi, read the card

Joshi runs a cow shelter in Joshikhola village and his son Jeevan is scheduled to get married on April 22.

In the card, Joshi asked guests to not bring any gifts.

"Do not bring gifts. But in national interest do vote on April 11 in favor of Modi before coming to bless the bride and bridegroom," the card reportedly read.

Action

Joshi has been summoned by EC

The wedding card violated the Model Code of Conduct, which is why Joshi was sent a notice.

District Election Officer (DEO) Ranjana said, "The notice has been served to the person concerned through ARO (Assistant Returning Officer) and he has been asked to be present in person within 24 hours."

Notably, general elections will be held in the hilly state on April 11.

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Joshi claimed his kids gave him the text

"My kids gave the text material for the invitation. I would apologize before the Election Commission. We are simple people and do not have any inclination towards any political party," said Joshi.

"Vote for Modi" wedding cards have become a hit

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"Vote for Modi" wedding cards have become a hit

Joshi and his kids aren't the only ones who used wedding cards to help PM Modi, who is seeking re-election.

In January this year, the family of a Surat bride got "Our gift is your vote for Modi in 2019 Lok Sabha elections", on her wedding cards.

Before that, a family from Mangalore made a similar appeal.

Another groom got Centre's achievements printed on his wedding card

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This groom explained why he distributed the political card

Mukesh Rao Yande, who got married on February 21, distributed a similar card after convincing his family members.

Speaking about the decision, he said, "We are all so busy with our day-to-day affairs that we find it difficult to dedicate time to do something for our nation.. The least we can do is to support someone who toils for the nation."

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Why did EC send a notice to Jagdish Chandra Joshi?

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Jagdish Chandra Joshi got "Vote for Modi" printed on his son's wedding card. This action violated the Model Code of Conduct, hence, he was sent a notice.

What did the wedding card read?

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The wedding card read: Do not bring gifts. But in national interest do vote on April 11 in favor of Modi before coming to bless the bride and bridegroom.

What did Jagdish Chandra Joshi say in his defense?

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Jagdish Chandra Joshi claimed he was apolitical and the text was given to him by his kids.

When will polls be held in Uttarakhand ?

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Uttarakhand will go to polls on April 11.

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