The Election Commission on Monday gave clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in two more cases of alleged violation of the model code of conduct. They are the Ahmedabad roadshow and the Chitradurga speech.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday received clean chit from the Election Commission in two more cases of alleged model code of conduct (MCC) violation.
What are the cases?
According to sources aware of the development, the EC has concluded that PM Modi did not violate the model code and the election law during his "roadshow" in Ahmedabad on April 23 —something that the Congress claimed.
The sources also said that the commission has cleared Modi for his April 9 speech at Chitradurga in Karnataka where he had reportedly asked new voters to dedicate their vote for the heroes of the Balakot air strike.
On the same day, he had made a similar appeal in Ausa in Latur district of Maharashtra. The EC had given a clean chit to him in that case as well. However, one of the election commissioners had given a dissenting view in the matter.
However, this is not the first time that EC has given clean chit to Modi in the alleged model code of conduct violation.
PM Modi also got a clean chit in these cases:
1. Barmer speech
On May 3, EC gave a clean chit to Modi ruling that there was no violation of the model code of conduct in his Barmer speech. According to reports, the Prime Minister in his speech said that India was no longer afraid of Pakistan’s nuclear threats.
2. Wardha speech
It was alleged that PM Modi violated the MCC by referring to Wayanad, the second seat Rahul Gandhi is contesting for, as a place where the “minority is majority” and the Congress president is taking refuge there.
EC later gave clean chit to Modi by saying, “Commission is of the considered view that in this matter no such violation has been noticed”
3. Latur speech
The Prime Minister apparently violated the MCC in Latur where he asked young people to dedicate their vote to Balakot heroes and the soldiers killed in the Pulwama attack.
The EC while giving the judgment said: "The matter has been examined in detail in accordance with the extant advisories, provisions of the Model Code of Conduct and after examination of complete transcript of speech of 11 pages as per the certified copy sent by the Returning Officer, Osmanabad parliamentary constituency. The commission is of the considered view that in this matter no such violation of the extant advisories/provisions is attracted.”
4. Barmer speech
The EC also gave clean chit to PM Modi in the Barmer speech case, where he said that India was not preserving its nuclear arsenal for use on Diwali.
The EC observed, “A detailed report of the chief electoral officer, Rajasthan was obtained... The matter has been examined in detail in accordance with the extant advisories, provisions of the model code of conduct and after examination of complete transcript of speech of 10 pages...Commission is of the considered view that in this matter no such violation of the extant advisories/provisions is attracted.”
5. Varanasi speech
On May 3, the EC gave Prime Minister Narendra Modi clean chit on Nanded and Varanasi speeches. The Congress alleged that he violated the MCC in his election campaigns there.
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Last Updated May 7, 2019, 9:56 AM IST