In the run-up to Lok Sabha elections, the Balakot strike, Pulwama attack and defence forces have figured in prominently, especially in furthering the campaign of the ruling BJP. On March 9, the Election Commission finally passed its order to keep the country’s defence personnel out of election campaigning and not to use their photographs in political advertisements.
Inspite of this clear warning, the the Chief minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath while addressing a rally in Ghaziabad, U.P on Sunday, 31st March, shocked the country by calling the Indian army “Modiji ki sena”. He did not stop there. “The Congress government used to serve biryani to terrorists and Modi ji’s army sends bullets and bombs their way,” he said.
In the wake of widespread criticism from both opposition parties and army, navy chiefs. The Election Commission served notice to Adityanath. Not satisfied by his reply it issued a warning on 5.4.2019, . “It does not comply with the commission’s directive of not using armed forces for political means. But since Adityanath is a senior leader, he should be extra careful in his political speeches. He is advised to be careful about using armed forces for political purposes.”