Hours after Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday called the BJP a “party of thieves” and accused it of “looting natural resources” of Chhattisgarh, the saffron party petitioned the Election Commission (EC) seeking action against him.
“We have sought stern action against Rahul Gandhi as he has become a habitual offender like his party, which is a history-sheeter in violating the law,” said BJP vice-president Muktar Abbas Naqvi.
This is the BJP’s second complaint against Gandhi to the EC.
The poll body had earlier reprimanded him for his remarks accusing the BJP of engineering the Muzaffarnagar riots. The EC had asked Gandhi to be more careful in the future.
Naqvi said Gandhi’s use of the word “chor” (thief) to describe a party and its leaders was a “clear-cut violation of the model code of conduct.”
Gandhi was speaking at a rally at Kharsia in Chhattisgarh, the home constituency of Nand Kumar Patel, the late state unit Congress chief who was killed in a Maoist attack on a convoy of Congress leaders in May.
According to PTI, Gandhi on Saturday told the rally, “I want one thing from the son of Nand Kumar Patel... I want not one but around 500 Nand Kumar Patels. I will not bring them from Delhi, I want them from the crowd here who can stand up and kick out these thieves (BJP) from here.”
A delegation of BJP leaders will also meet the chief electoral officer of Chhattisgarh and present a memorandum to him, demanding action against Gandhi.