In a setback to BJP in Madhya Pradesh, the Election Commission (EC) has disqualified one of its top ministers Narottam Mishra. The EC has disqualified Mishra for a period of three years after it was found that he had not shown his entire poll expenses during the elections. Some of the expenses were related to paid news, but these were not presented by Mishra. The EC said that this is a violation of election rules and hence Mishra has been disqualified for three years. It may be recalled that Mishra is considered as number two in the state cabinet. He currently handles the Public Relations Department. Mishra’s election from the Datia Assembly seat has also been disqualified.
Responding to the disqualification order issued by EC, opposition parties are demanding immediate resignation of Narottam Mishra. Some opposition leaders even said that the disqualification shows how BJP politicians are winning the elections. However, the BJP camp said that it is currently evaluating the full text of the order and will respond soon. The BJP camp said that it may also consider legal options to challenge EC’s order if required.