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BJP surprised over EC's verdict on Sonia

BJP shows surprise over EC's 'differentiating' verdict against Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on her 'merchant of death' remark.

india Updated: Dec 22, 2007 19:05 IST

Faced with the ruling against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, BJP on Saturday expressed surprise over the Election Commission's 'differentiating' verdict against Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on her 'merchant of death' remark.

"It is really surprising that while giving the ruling, the EC has cautioned both Modi and (Congress General Secretary) Digvijay Singh but just expressed displeasure in the case of Sonia Gandhi," BJP spokesman Prakash Javadekar told reporters in the Capital.

Maintaining that the poll body had "not given the same kind of caution" to Gandhi, he said after a preliminary reading of the ruling, "we do not see any qualitative difference in the objections raised by the EC in the speeches of all the three.
This is surprising".

The Election Commission had expressed displeasure over the controversial election speeches of Modi and Gandhi.