The Election Commission sent notices to BJP chief Amit Shah, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Sunday for violating its poll code during the ongoing Bihar assembly elections.
The EC issued a show-cause notice to Shah for his remarks that if his party loses the ongoing Bihar elections, crackers will go off in Pakistan. The poll panel sent a notice to Gandhi for his “BJP makes Hindu, Muslim fight each other” comment.
Prasad was issued a notice for his ‘narbhakshi’ jibe at the BJP chief.
“...the Commission is, prima facie, of the opinion that by making the... statement which has the potential of disturbing harmony and aggravating the existing differences between social and religious communities, you have violated ... provision of the Model Code of Conduct,” the notice to Shah read.
The poll panel told Shah that a provision of the model code provides that no party or candidate shall indulge in any activity which may aggravate existing differences or create mutual hatred or cause tension between different castes and communities or religious and linguistic communities.
Shah had told an election rally at Raxual on Indo-Nepal border in East Champaran district on Thursday that if BJP loses in Bihar, Diwali will be celebrated in Pakistan. He is said to have repeated the same in another rally at Bettiah, headquarters of West Champaran district on Thursday.
“Friends, remembers if by mistake BJP loses here and Nitish-Lalu win, the results will be announced in Patna but firecrackers will go off in Pakistan,” the EC notice said quoting from Shah’s speech.
“...the Commission is pained to note that in spite of an unambiguous advisory... a senior politician like you continues to make the impugned statements as aforesaid, which are , prima facie , violative of MCC,” the notice of Prasad read.
In its notice to Gandhi, the EC said the model code of conduct provided that criticism of other parties or their workers based on unverified allegations or distortion shall be avoided.
The EC has given all three political leaders time till 3pm on November 4 to explain their stand “failing which the EC shall take a decision without any further reference to you.”
With PTI inputs