Election Commission (EC) on Thursday directed the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology to put an end to bulk WhatsApp messages labelled ‘Viksit Bharat Sampark.’ It has also sought a compliance report immediately from the ministry.

EC had received several complaints that such messages are still being delivered on citizens’ phones despite the announcement of Lok Sabha elections and the model code of conduct (MCC) entering into force.

In response, the govt informed the commission that although the letters were sent out before MCC came into force, some of them could have possibly been delivered to recipients with a delay because of systemic and network limitations.