The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has issued notice to Congress general secretary for Uttar Pradesh East Priyanka Gandhi Vadra over the controversial viral video from the Congress campaign wherein children are raising the party's most prevalent election slogan - "Chowkidar Chor Hai" - and then using abuses against PM Modi.
Republic TV has accessed the notice demands that Priyanka Vadra furnish the following information within three days:
1. Name and addresses of the children
2. Place where this sloganeering had taken place
3. How the children were brought there
The notice also confirms that the NCPCR has written to the Election Commission regarding the video, recommending that the EC ensure that children are not involved for election purposes. Precedents have been cited wherein a violation in this regard would invite action.
The Congress had posted the video on April 30, and in it, over 20 children are interacting with Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. They raise enthusiastic chants of 'Chowkidar Chor Hai' with Priyanka Vadra clearly pleased at their display. At one point, however, they use an abuse and upon hearing it, Priyanka Vadra puts her hand to her mouth in surprise and she, among others, tell the children 'yeh wala nahi, yeh achcha nahi lag raha.' (not this one, this one isn't good). She then adds 'achche waale' (the good ones) after which they begin chanting 'Rahul Gandhi zindabad' instead.
The Mahila Congress tweeted the video out without beeping the cuss words writing that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra stopped the children from using foul language. It then attempted to attack the Prime Minister:
Union Minister Smriti Irani took on Priyanka Gandhi Vadra over the video sharing the following on Twitter:
On Thursday the union minister said the following to ANI:
"She makes children abuse. She asked children to abuse the Prime Minister. You cannot use children for political campaigns. What will children learn out of this. I will ask all cultured families to keep their children away from Priyanka Gandhi. I am happy that the family which claims to be cultured stands unmasked."
Here is the NCPCR notice: