STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Congress Welcomes EC Notice to Nitin Gadkari

Congress said it welcomed Election Commission serving notice to Union Minister Nitin Gadkari for allegedly asking voters at a public meeting in poll-bound Maharashtra to accept bribes, as it will prevent such campaigning in states where elections are due this year.

Published: 07th October 2014 12:20 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th October 2014 12:20 AM   |  A+A-

By PTI

RANCHI: Congress said it welcomed Election Commission serving notice to Union Minister Nitin Gadkari for allegedly asking voters at a public meeting in poll-bound Maharashtra to accept bribes, as it will prevent such campaigning in states where elections are due this year.

"We welcome ECI serving notice to Nitin Gadkari and expect strict action against him," PCC General Secretary Sailesh Sinha said here.

"Elections are due in Jharkhand and other states are also going for polls. Such statement by a Union Minister will encourage corruption, an issue BJP had picked up before Lok Sabha elections," Sinha added.

The ECI issued notice to the Union Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Rural Development Minister for "statements to the effect of inducing the voters to take bribe" during campaigning in Maharashtra assembly polls.

Holding that the statements prima facie violated the provisions of the Model Code of Conduct, the EC asked Gadkari to reply by Wednesday evening, failing which the poll body will take a decision without further reference to the BJP leader.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

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