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New Delhi: The Congress party on Tuesday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of his political speech outside Ahmedabad polling booth after casting vote. A Congress delegation met the Election Commission seeking action against PM Narendra Modi for violating Model Code of Conduct (MCC) by allegedly delivering a speech in Ahmedabad.

Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi on Tuesday said his party has appealed to the Election Commission to bar Prime Minister Narendra Modi from campaigning for 48 to 72 hours for repeatedly violating the Model Code of Conduct. “Today after casting his vote, the prime minister took out a long procession and delivered a speech,” he told reporter, according to ANI. “There has never been such a clear violation of the Model Code of Conduct, he is a habitual offender. We appealed to the Election Commission to bar him from contesting for 48 to 72 hours”, he added.

Earlier on Tuesday, Prime Minister Modi reached at Nishan High School in Ranip area of Ahmedabad to cast his vote amid a huge crowd. Before entering the polling booth, the PM waved at his supporters, gathered outside the polling station in a large number. He also greeted BJP president Amit Shah, who is contesting the Lok Sabha election from Gandhinagar constituency, which covers Ahmedabad city.

After casting his vote, the Prime Minister addressed the media and said, “The voter ID is more powerful than the IED (improvised explosive device). Indian democracy presents an example before the world. While on one hand, an IED (improvised explosive device) is the weapon of terrorists, on the other hand, the voter ID (identity card) is the weapon and power of democracy,” the PM said.

“I am confident that the power of voter ID is much more than the IED and we should understand the importance of the voter ID card and come out to vote in large numbers,” he added, says PTI reports. “By voting, I feel the same sense of purity that one gets after taking bath at the Kumbh Mela,” he further told reporters.

The 2019 General Elections are being held in seven phases from April 11 to May 19, and the results will be declared on May 23.

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