Did not violate model code: Rahul Gandhi responds to EC show cause notice

The Congress chief also said that he had tried to summarise a proposed amendment to the Indian Forest Act in a simple language during a political speech.

Published: 10th May 2019 11:26 PM  |   Last Updated: 10th May 2019 11:26 PM   |  A+A-

Congress President Rahul Gandhi addresses an election campaign for Lok Sabha polls in Sirsa

Congress President Rahul Gandhi| PTI

By PTI

NEW DELHI: Congress president Rahul Gandhi is learnt to have told the Election Commission that he has not violated the model code by his claim that the Narendra Modi government has enacted a new law that allowed tribals to be shot at.

Responding to the show cause notice, Gandhi is learnt to have told the poll panel that he had tried to summarise a proposed amendment to the Indian Forest Act in a simple language during a political speech. He also told the Commission that he had no intention of misleading the people by stating unverified facts.

ALSO READ| PM Modi flummoxed as BJP heading for defeat: Rahul Gandhi in Chandigarh

Gandhi is also learnt to have told the poll panel that the complaint was lodged against him to distract him from campaigning in the Lok Sabha elections.

Citing his speech in Shahdol in Madhya Pradesh on April 23, the poll panel had on May 1 issued the show-cause notice to Gandhi, highlighting a provision of the Model Code of Conduct that barred "unverified" allegations against political opponents. Two BJP workers had approached the EC with the complaint, following which a report was sought from MP poll authorities.

FOLLOW OUR ELECTION COVERAGE HERE

According to a broad translation of the Hindi speech available on the internet, Gandhi had alleged, "Narendra Modi government has made a new law for tribals in which there is a line that says tribals can be shot at. They snatch your land, take away your jungle and water and then say that tribals can be shot at."

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp