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Congress stands by Sonia Gandhi's speech

Unperturbed by EC's displeasure over Sonia's remark, the Congress says it is ready to give clarification if the poll body asks for it.

india Updated: Dec 22, 2007 21:16 IST

Not perturbed by the displeasure expressed by the Election Commission over party President Sonia Gandhi's "merchants of death" remark, the Congress on Saturday said it stood by the statement and was ready to give any clarification if the poll body asked for it.

"We respect the Election Commission. We have highest regards for it. But we still stand by our stand that the Congress President did not violate the Model Code of Conduct," AICC spokesperson Shakeel Ahmed told PTI.

"If they ask for any clarification on any specific issue, we will give it," he said.

Ahmed, meanwhile, criticised the BJP for charging the Commission with "differentiating" between Gandhi and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in its verdict over complaints of violation of model code of conduct against them.

"It is very unfortunate that BJP or any political party should cast aspersions on the Election Commission, which is a Constitutional entity," he said.

The Election Commission held that Modi and Gandhi violated the model code of conduct by their controversial remarks during election campaign in Gujarat.