Rahul’s poll remark not wrong, PM Modi misused machinery: Cong

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: Nov 02, 2015 18:27 IST
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi at an election rally in Bihar. (PTI)

Unfazed by the Election Commission’s notice, the Congress on Monday justified party vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s attack on the BJP in Bihar elections and said the poll panel should not have allowed “blatant misuse of machinery” by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Congress spokesman Anand Sharma said there was “nothing wrong” in Gandhi’s statement as it was a part of the political discourse.

The Prime Minister should have been given a notice instead as his speeches in Bihar have been “seeds for dividing people by selectively targeting minority community”, he said.

The EC had on Sunday issued a show-cause notice to Rahul Gandhi for his remarks that BJP makes Hindus and Muslims fight each other and said prima facie the Congress vice-president violated the provisions of the Model Code of Conduct in force for Bihar polls.

Noting that the EC has a constitutional mandate for holding free and fair polls, Sharma said the commission should have “not allowed blatant misuse of machinery by the Prime Minister”.

He said the Prime Minister twice made policy statements through his “Mann Ki Baat” programme on public broadcaster All India Radio.

Read: EC notices to Shah, Rahul and Lalu for remarks violating poll code

Also, the AIR and Doordarshan telecast live RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s Dussehra address “which only talked about the so called achievements of the Modi Government,” he alleged.

“Why the Election Commission failed to prevent this blatant misuse?” Sharma asked.

Replying to a question, he said Congress president Sonia Gandhi would be meeting President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday in the backdrop of growing intolerance in the country.

Sharma, however, did not give any details in this regard.

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