Congress moves SC over ECI’s inaction on PM Modi & Amit Shah

New Delhi: Congress MP Sushmita Dev Monday moved the Supreme Court seeking directions to the Election Commission over the alleged violation of the poll code by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah. The matter will be taken up for hearing tomorrow.

Congress lawmaker from Assam’s Silchar Sushmita Dev requested the top court to direct the Election Commission to decide on complaints against PM Modi and Amit Shah within 24 hours. Dev said in her petition that the Prime Minister and Shah made “hate speeches” at campaign rallies. They also talked about the operations by the armed forces in public meeting despite the poll body’s ban, she said.

During the hearing, lawyer and senior Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi mentioned a petition on the “inaction” by the poll panel over violations of the model code of conduct.

The opposition has complained to the EC alleging that the PM had “brazenly” violated the poll code by invoking armed forces repeatedly during his poll rallies and demanded that a campaign ban be imposed on him for some time.

The Congress has said it has given 37 representations to the EC of which 10 can be categorised under “hate speeches, virulent, divisive, polarising” by Modi and BJP President Amit Shah.

Former finance minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram had also accused the EC of being partisan. “The EC has failed the people of India. It has been extremely partisan towards the BJP. It has been reluctant to take action over blatant poll violations by the ruling party,” he said.

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