Wardha Speech Row: Congress Criticises EC After Clean Chit To PM Modi
New Delhi: The Congress lashed out at the Election Commission (EC) for issuing a clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his speeches, and said that the model code of conduct has become the ‘Modi Code of Conduct’.
“Disappointed that the PM of India is permitted to go scot-free after rampant violation of Article 324 & MCC. There cannot be two sets of laws for Modiji & the rest of the country,” party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala tweeted.
On Tuesday, the Election Commission ruled that Modi’s speech in Maharashtra’s Wardha, in which he had questioned Rahul Gandhi’s decision to contest from Wayanad in Kerala, did not violate the model code for the Lok Sabha election.
“The matter has been examined in detail in accordance to the extant guidelines/provisions of the Model Code of Conduct, the Representation of the People Act and the report of the Chief Electoral Officer, Maharashtra. Accordingly, the commission is of the considered view that in this matter no such violation has been noticed,” an EC spokesperson said.
At a rally in Wardha on April 1, Modi had claimed that the Congress had been forced to contest from places dominated by the minority community.
“The Congress insulted Hindus. People have decided to punish it in the election. Leaders of that party are now scared of contesting from constituencies dominated by the majority (Hindu) population. That is why they are forced to take refuge in places where the majority is a minority,” Modi had said.