Kamal Nath is no longer a “star campaigner” in Madhya Pradesh by-polls, the Election Commission ordered today after a series of controversial remarks by the Congress leader.

The powerful election body said his star campaigner status was being revoked for “repeated violation of model code of conduct” and for “complete disregard” of warnings to him.

If the former chief minister campaigns, the cost of his travel, stay and everything else will be completely paid by the candidate.

Kamal Nath had been warned by the Election Commission after he used the word “item” for a woman BJP candidate who was among the 22 MLAs whose exit led to the collapse of his government in March.

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