PM Modi in his speech slammed Congress chief Rahul Gandhi for contesting from Wayanad and had "indicated" that the Kerala constituency had more voters from the minority community
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday received a clean chit from the Election Commission (EC) for his speech in Wardha, which the Congress claimed was a violation of the Model Code of Conduct.
"The matter has been examined in detail in accordance to the extant guidelines/provisions of the Model Code of Conduct, the Representation of the People Act and the report of the Chief Electoral Officer, Maharashtra. Accordingly, the commission is of the considered view that in this matter no such violation has been noticed," an EC spokesperson said.
PM Modi in his speech slammed Congress chief Rahul Gandhi for contesting from Wayanad and had "indicated" that the Kerala constituency had more voters from the minority community.
The PM, while addressing a rally in Wardha on April 1, had reportedly said, the opposition party was "scared" to field its leaders from constituencies where the majority dominates.
"The Congress insulted Hindus and the people of the country have decided to punish the party in the election. Leaders of that party are now scared of contesting from constituencies dominated by the majority (Hindu) population. That is why they are forced to take refuge in places where the majority is a minority," Modi had reportedly said.
The Congress had alleged that Modi had made some "hateful, vile and divisive" remarks against Gandhi.
On April 27, the grand old party questioned the EC's "silence" over poll code "violations" by PM Modi and said that Model Code of Conduct has become "Modi code of conduct".
With PTI Inputs
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Last Updated 1, May 2019, 9:51 AM