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EC sends notice to Rahul Gandhi for code violation

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, October 31, 2013
First Published: 22:52 IST(31/10/2013) | Last Updated: 01:37 IST(23/11/2013)

The Election Commission on Thursday issue a notice to Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi for violation of model code of conduct after the BJP complained that his recent speeches in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan were communal in nature.
Gandhi in his campaign speeches last week had accused the BJP of inciting communal violence in Muzzafarnagar in Uttar Pradesh and elsewhere for electoral gains.


“I say the BJP people starts fight between people…fight between Hindus and Muslims,” he had said in Churu Rajasthan, adding that BJP starts communal fire and the Congress has to extinguish it. Gandhi had also claimed an intelligence officer telling him that Pakistani intelligence agency ISI was contacting riot-hit Muslim youth in Muzaffarnagar.
Issuing first notice to Rahul Gandhi, the commission said “prima facie” the model code for parties and its leaders has been violated. Gandhi had been asked to submit a written reply by November 4.

The commission examined the complaint lodged by BJP leaders including national spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and found Gandhi’s speech violated the code prescribing prohibition on activities that may aggravate existing differences or create hatred or tension between different castes and communities, religious or linguistic.

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