EC revokes Kamal Nath’s status as star campaigner - The Hindu -01/11/2020
The Election Commission (EC) revoked the status of a Congress leader as a star campaigner for the party in the ongoing State Assembly by-polls.
The reason for revocation was repeated violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) and completely disregarding the advisory issued to him.
The expenditure of star campaigners’ events, travel and stay is borne by the party and is not added to the candidate’s spending, which is limited.
The EC said that the entire expenditure on any campaigning by him for the by-election would be borne by the candidate in whose constituency he campaigns.
They are people who are nominated by parties to campaign in a given set of constituencies. These persons are, in almost all cases, prominent and popular faces within the party.
There is no specific definition of a “star campaigner” according to law or the Election Commission of India.
A recognised political party can have 40 star campaigners and an unrecognised (but registered) political party can have 20.
The list of star campaigners has to be communicated to the Chief Electoral Officer and Election Commission within a week from the date of notification of an election.
If a candidate or her election agent shares the stage with a star campaigner at a rally, then the entire expenditure on that rally other than the travel expenses of the star campaigner is added to the candidate’s expenses. Even if the candidate is not present at the star campaigner’s rally, but there are posters with her photographs or her name on display, then too, the entire expenditure will be added to the candidate’s account.
The same applies when the star campaigner even mentions the candidate’s name during the event. When more than one candidate shares the stage, or there are posters with their photographs, then the expenses on such rally/meeting are to be equally divided among the expenditure account of all such candidates.