The Election commission on Tuesday gave a clean chit to PM Modi over his alleged ‘hate speech’ in Wardha, Maharashtra. Congress Party had taken the issue to the notice of the poll body alleging the Prime Minister had violated Section 123 of the Representation of Peoples act 1951.
The statement of the Election Commission read- “the Commission is of the considered view that in this matter no such violation has been noticed.”
PM Modi on April 1st in a public meeting at Wardha in Maharashtra said that Congress is now scared to contest from majority dominated constituencies (Hindu) and so is contesting from constituencies dominated by minority communities (Wayanad).
PM Modi said “the Congress insulted people of the country have decided to punish the party 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.”
The Congress party took the issue to the EC on April 5th terming the speech “hateful and divisive.” The party also claimed PM’s actions would amount to “Corrupt practices” mentioned in section 123 of the RPA 1951.
Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said “He must apologize to the nation. He has insulted the freedom movement, he has insulted entire Southern India, he has insulted the composite culture of India, he has insulted India that is unified by its multiple cultures as also languages, religion, castes and creeds. The Election Commission must take note of this and take action against Narendra Modi.”
Earlier Congress MP from Silchar, Sushmita Dev moved the Supreme Court to direct the EC to take action over alleged violations of Model Code of Conduct by PM Modi and Amit shah. The petitioner said at least 40 complaints were lodged with the EC but no action is being taken.
The petition says ‘inaction of the EC amounts to abdication of its constitutional duties. And that it will be taken as tacit approval and endorsement of such statements by the poll body which are clearly in violation of RPA 1951 and the Election rules 1961 including MCC.’