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Congress Moves EC over Modi's 'Fixed' Interview

The Congress has knocked on the doors of Nirvachan Sadan, the headquarters of the Election Commission, with a litany of complaints against the BJP, its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and the RSS.

Published: 17th April 2014 08:33 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th April 2014 08:33 AM   |  A+A-

The Congress has knocked on the doors of Nirvachan Sadan, the headquarters of the Election Commission, with a litany of complaints against the BJP, its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and the RSS.

The Congress has complained to the commission saying the ‘Aap ki Adalat’ programme on India TV featuring Modi was nothing but “paid news”.

“The sole purpose, as can be concluded from tone and tenor of the questions put to him and the entire programme, was to give an unfair and undue electoral advantage to Modi,” said the party’s complaint.  While maintaining that the programme was in utter disregard and violation of the model code of conduct, the complaint noted that veteran journalist Qamar Wahid Naqvi had quit the TV channel in protest.

Party leader Kapil Sibal petitioned the commission against BJP leader Subramanian Swamy accusing him of filing a “false complaint” against him. On April 12, Swamy moved the poll panel to complain about Sibal’s “willful failure” to disclose the assets and liabilities of companies owned by his wife. Terming the allegations false, Sibal said the value of shares held by his wife in the private unlisted companies was in accordance with the law and was disclosed in her income tax returns. He also said his wife’s income tax details were reflected in the statement filed with the poll panel along with his nomination papers.

And Congress candidates have complained to the poll panel that the camps of Baba Ramdev and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar are being used to garner support for the BJP. The ruling party has also complained about the “fake propaganda” on social media and the RSS’ door- to-door campaign. The party said that an apolitical organisation such as the RSS should not campaign in favour of political parties.

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