Congress alleges poll code violation by PM Modi, asks EC to take note

Last Updated : 29 January 2020, 21:53 IST
Last Updated : 29 January 2020, 21:53 IST

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The Congress on Wednesday alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has violated the poll code by addressing an NCC rally a day before and urged the Election Commission to take note.

Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan said it does not behove the prime minister to make such remarks to impressionable minds while addressing the NCC rally on Tuesday here.

The Congress leader also raised questions over the credibility of the poll panel.

"We have got serious questions about the impartiality of the Election Commission," Chavan told reporters.

On two BJP leaders who have been removed by the Election Commission from the list of star campaigners, he said, whatever BJP does, it is for the poll panel to take it up with the BJP leadership but we would like to raise the issue of Prime Minister's speech at the NCC rally.

"Election (campaign) is going on in Delhi and the prime minister's speech in the NCC rally, particularly to the young minds, I deplore that wholly and I request the Election Commission to take it up seriously.

"Just because he is the prime minister, he should not violate the rules. He cannot violate the guidelines of the Election Commission," he said.

Chavan also welcomed the EC order against two BJP leaders, but remained critical of the prime minister's remarks at the NCC rally.

"Whatever the prime minister has said violated the model code. Whatever the PM has said to the young impressionable minds, I feel it does not behove the prime minister to say such things," he said.

Addressing the Annual Prime Minister's National Cadet Corps (NCC) Rally 2020, Modi had on Tuesday said his government brought in the Citizenship (Amendment) Act to correct "historical" injustices and recalled the Nehru-Liaquat pact to assert that the law fulfils India's "old promise" to religious minorities in neighbouring countries.

Modi had also said the Jammu and Kashmir problem had persisted since Independence with some families and political parties keeping issues in the region alive. This had resulted in terrorism thriving, he had said.

He had also slammed Pakistan and said it lost three wars but continues to wage proxy wars against India.

Published 29 January 2020, 21:53 IST

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