Poll code 'violations' by PM, Amit Shah: SC directs EC to decide by May 6 

The EC told a bench headed by the Chief Justice that it has already decided on two of the 11 complaints filed by the Congress party against Modi and Shah for alleged violations of the MCC

Published: 02nd May 2019 03:47 PM  |   Last Updated: 03rd May 2019 08:08 AM   |  A+A-

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) and BJP President Amit Shah. (EPS | Shekhar Yadav)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI:  The Supreme Court on Thursday directed the Election Commission to decide by May 6 all complaints of the Congress alleging violations of the Model Code of Conduct by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah. The direction came after the poll panel informed a bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi that it had already decided on two of the 11 complaints filed by the Congress against Modi and Shah while nine were pending.

During the hearing, senior advocate A M Singhvi, appearing for Congress MP Sushmita Dev who had filed a petition in SC alleging EC inaction on complaints against the PM and the BJP chief, said the party had made 11 representations to EC against the duo but it had taken decision on only two. “The remaining representations of the petitioners shall be decided by the Election Commission before we hear the matter again on Monday,” said the bench.

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No violation, rules commission
The EC ruled that Modi did not violate the poll code during his speech in Barmer, Rajasthan, in which he invoked said India’s nuclear button was not kept to be used for Diwali. This is the third clean chit by the EC to the Prime Minister in connection with his poll campaign speeches. 

EC clean chit to  rahul in one case,  notice in Another
The EC has given a clean chit to Congress president Rahul Gandhi for his purported remark calling BJP chief Amit Shah a “murder accused”. The poll panel didn’t find any violation of the Model Code of Conduct in Gandhi’s April 23 speech in Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh. However, the EC has served notice to Gandhi for his claim that the Centre has framed a law under which tribals could be shot. The panel stated Gandhi violated MCC in his speech in Shahdol, MP,  in which he claimed that PM Modi had framed a law in which it’s written “that tribal could be shot... Your land is taken away and they say that you could be attacked,” Gandhi had said.

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