Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Election Commission bars children's involvement in Odisha's 2024 polling activities

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Following numerous complaints, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has released a circular that bars political parties from involving children in any election-related activities.

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Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Responding to numerous complaints regarding the involvement of children in political campaigning, the Election Commission of India (ECI) took decisive action by issuing a circular prohibiting political parties from engaging children in any election-related activities. N Thirumala Naik, Odisha's Additional Chief Electoral Officer, confirmed the issuance of the circular to all recognised national and regional parties in the state, urging them to refrain from involving children in public rallies, meetings, and other campaign events, following numerous complaints received on the matter.

The circular emphasised the need for political parties to adhere strictly to the guidelines, stating, "Political parties should refrain from using children in election campaigns, canvassing, rallies, or any other form of participation, including distributing posters/pamphlets or participating in slogan shouting, campaign rallies, and election meetings."

Odisha is gearing up for simultaneous Lok Sabha elections and assembly polls scheduled in four phases, commencing on May 13. In the midst of this electoral atmosphere, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi made significant remarks during his visit to the state, directing criticism towards the BJP and BJD.

During an election rally in Salepur, Cuttack, Rahul Gandhi accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of governing solely for billionaires in Delhi, contrasting this with Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik's administration, which he claimed favoured specific individuals in the state. Rahul Gandhi further alleged a covert alliance between BJP and BJD, asserting that despite their apparent electoral rivalry, both parties were intricately linked and collaborated closely with each other.

His remarks shed light on the perceived dynamics of the political landscape in Odisha, suggesting a nuanced perspective on the relationships between major political entities amidst the election fervour in the state.