Published On: Sat, Oct 26th, 2013

BJP lodges complaint against Rahul Gandhi’s speech with Election Commission

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday formally complained to the Election Commission over Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s claim that some Muslim youth from riots-ravaged Muzaffarnagar were in touch with Pakistan’s intelligence agency, ISI.

The BJP accused the Congress vice president of “inciting riotous behaviour” through his speeches in Churu and Kherli (Alwar) in Rajasthan on October 23 and sought action against him and Congress for violating the Model Code.

In a letter, the BJP said the EC should urgently issue a show cause notice to the Congress and Rahul Gandhi on why action should not be taken against them for “wilful and blatant” violation of the Model Code of Conduct which is in force since October 04.

The BJP added: “The happenings in Muzaffarnagar are still being investigated. He is blaming the BJP without an iota of proof.”

The Model Code prevents any party or candidate from indulging ‘in any activity which may aggravate existing differences or create mutual hatred or cause tension between different castes and communities, religious or linguistic’.

The BJP said portions of Rahul’s speeches seem to be clearly violative of it.

“The actual utterances, the impassioned manner in which these are delivered would appear to incite a riotous behaviour which is not conducive to an atmosphere of peace and harmony in which the Election Commission is committed to conduct free and fair elections in the country,” the BJP complaint said.

Earlier in the day, the party questioned how an intelligence official briefed a political leader about such a sensitive matter concerning internal security.

Party leader Prakash Javadekar said, “If these are IB inputs then the Home Minister must answer what the government is doing on these revelations.”

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