The poll panel has asked Modi to explain by 5 PM on Nov 16, why action should not be initiated against him for the said remark made while campaigning in Chhattisgarh.
“Whereas, it has been, prima facie, observed that by making the aforesaid statements, you have violated the provisions of the Model Code of Conduct...
Modi while campaigning in Chhattisgarh on Nov 7 had said, “When Atal Behari Vajpayee formed Chhattisgarh, whose hands did it first go into...Do you want such a “khooni panja” (bloodied hand) again...Brothers and sisters, don’t commit that mistake again. Even by mistake, don’t ever let Chhattisgarh go into the hands of a ‘Zalim Panja’ (cruel hands).”
The EC notice comes close on the heels of a similar notice issued to Rahul Gandhi over his remarks of ISI link to Muzaffarnagar riot victim remarks and accusing BJP of spreading hatred among communities. The EC has expressed its displeasure to Gandhi and asked him to be more circumspect in his public utterances in future. The Congress party had formally complained to the Election Commission on Nov 9 against Modi’s remarks, close on the heels of the BJP complaint against Gandhi.
The poll body has said that since the Model Code of Conduct was in force in Chhattisgarh, which went to polls in two phases on Nov 11 and 19, criticism of other political parties is not allowed. “Whereas’ sub para (2) of Para I of the Model Code of Conduct for the guidance of political parties and candidates’ inter-alia’ provides that “Criticism of other political parties, when made, shall be confined to their policies and program’ past record and works...Criticism of other parties or their workers based on unverified allegations or distortion shall be avoided,” the notice said. (PTI)