Against the backdrop of the Election Commission instructing political parties to desist from making references to the armed forces in their campaigns, Delhi BJP and AAP leaders who featured in posters alongside wing commander Abhinandan Varthaman have claimed their supporters had designed the posters in their enthusiasm to praise the Army, but they will desist from doing so in the future.
The BJP had faced criticism from some quarters for using Abhinandan’s image in a poster, which also had pictures of the party’s central leadership and three local leaders — former mayor Sarita Chaudhary, BJP councillor from Vasant Kunj Manoj Kumar Mehlawat and Mehrauli mandal president Manjeet Malik. AAP leader and Lok Sabha candidate from Chandni Chowk Pankaj Gupta had also come under fire after he and his supporters took out a car and bike rally with posters that read ‘Abhinandan ka Abhinandan’.
When contacted, Chaudhary, a three-time councillor, said, “My supporters did it to show their support for the Indian Army. I don’t think there is anything wrong in showing support to the courage and valour of the Army.”
She added, “There are people who are asking for proof (of the airstrike), what about them?”
Told about the EC guidelines, she said her supporters may not have been…