EC notice to Rahul Gandhi for MCC violation, clean chit to PM



New Delhi:
Election Commission on Wednesday issued notice to Congress president Rahul Gandhi over alleged remarks on a law related to Adivasis (tribal people) created by Narendra Modi government, at a rally in Shahdol, Madhya Pradesh on April 23.

"The video clip and transcript of the speech made by Rahul Gandhi on April 23 at Shahdol have been examined by the Commission and the statements are found to be in violation of the MCC (Model Code of Conduct)", the Commission said in its notice. The poll body has given him 48 hours to respond and added that, "failing which the Commission shall take a decision without further reference to him".

The poll body has acted upon a complaint filed by two BJP workers, the Commission sought report from the Madhya Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer and found that the Congress leader prima facie violated MCC. The Commission pointed out that "criticism of other political parties, when made, shall be confined to their policies and programme, past record and work. Parties and candidates shall refrain from criticism of all aspects of private life, not connected with the public activities of the leaders or workers of other parties.

Criticism of other parties or their workers based on unverified allegations or distortions shall be avoided". The Commission has quoted as Mr Gandhi said, that, "the Modi government has made a new legislation for Adivasis. There is a line in the legislation that they can shot bullet at you. Your land has been taken over, forest has taken, water too taken and now they are saying that they can shoot you too" (sic).

Earlier in the day, the Commission had clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his Latur speech, where he appealed first time voters to dedicate their votes to martyrs of Pulwama attack and soldiers who carried out the Balakot air strike. The Commission said there was no violation of Model Code of Conduct in it.

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