Four days after Gandhi’s eight-page reply to the EC denying having violated the model code, the poll body did not buy his explanation, saying it was not satisfied with his contentions.
“While the Commission acknowledges the underlying intention and spirit of your impugned speeches to foster and promote communal harmony, it takes exception to the tone, tenor and content of the impugned portions of your speeches (extracted in the Commission’s notice) which are part of your said speeches.
“...The Commission considers that the aforesaid portions of your speeches were not in consonance with the letter and spirit of the Model Code of Conduct which prohibits any speeches or statements which may tend to aggravate differences between different religious communities and which also prohibits criticism of other political parties on the basis of unverified allegations,” the five-page EC order said.
Gandhi was served a notice by the Commission on Oct 31 for model code violation over his remarks made in Churu on Oct 23 and in Indore on Oct, where he said Pakistan’s ISI was in touch with Muzaffarnagar riot victims and charged BJP with indulging in politics of hatred. Gandhi had pleaded not guilty to such charges while seeking to justify his controversial remarks. (PTI)