New Delhi: Rahul Gandhi was lashed out by the Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad for violating the model code of conduct and for having made groundless claims against Prime minister Narendra Modi. Prasad further asked the Election Commission to take action against the Congress president.

Rahul Gandhi, while addressing in Gujarat's Jan Sankalp rally, had accused Modi of theft of Rs 30,000 crore from the Indian Air Force in order to pay Reliance Group chairman Anil Ambani as part of the Rafale Deal. 

Aiming another allegation in Prime Minister Modi’s way, Gandhi said the French President Francois Holland had claimed that he had knowledge of the Rafale Deal directly from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and that the deal would go to Reliance Defence owned by Ambani and would not go to Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.

Rahul also accused Modi of not focusing on real issues such as unemployment.

The Model code of conduct was brought into effect on the 10th of March, 2019 after the Election Commission announced that the Lok Sabha polls would be held in seven phases across the country.

The model code of conduct is a set of rules and regulations set by the Election Commission for political parties and electoral candidates during the elections with specific respect to polling, speeches, manifestos, processions and general conduct during the election phase. It is brought into force immediately after the announcement of the election schedule to ensure that the elections are free and fair.