Hearing on the plea by Congress on the issue of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah flouting the Model Code of Conduct during election campaigning, the Supreme Court has sought the Election Commission’s response on the matter. The petition filed by Congress leader Sushmita Dev, alleges that Modi and Shah had used the armed forces for political propaganda and influencing voters, but the poll body had not taken action despite various complaints.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said the poll panel was free to pass orders on the complaint. The bench, comprising Justices S.K. Kaul and K.M. Joseph, will hear Dev’s plea on Thursday.
The petition further alleges that “inaction” by the poll panel on complaints against top BJP leaders was “a sign of invidious discrimination” as also “arbitrary, capricious and impermissible”. It also listed out several alleged instances of poll code violations by Modi and Shah in their meetings and referred to as the first violation the speech of Modi at a rally at Wardha on April 1 where he allegedly raised the issue of “bhagva aatankwad (saffron terror)”.
Sushmita Dev is the Congress Lok Sabha MP from Silchar. She is also the president of the Mahila Congress.
The Election Commission has informed that they will be holding a meeting on the issue on coming Thursday. While the EC’s action on the issue is awaiting, the commission on Monday “strongly condemned” and warned Union Minister Maneka Gandhi against making remarks aimed at intimidating or bribing voters in the constituency.The EC maintained that Gandhi had violated the Model Code of Conduct and sections of the Representation of the People Act.
Meanwhile, following a fire at Shastri Bhawan today, Congress President Rahul Gandhi took a dig at Prime Minister Modi saying that the Prime Minister is burning files to cover his corrupt deeds. “Modi ji burning files is not going to save you. Your day of judgement is coming,” he tweeted.