Poll panel gets Sunday deadline from SC to decide complaints against PM Modi
Election Commission gets Sunday deadline from SC to decide poll code complaints against PM Modi, Amit ShahUpdated: May 02, 2019, 15:59 IST
The Supreme Court has asked the Election Commission to decide before Sunday on the complaints of poll code violations against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah. The court will hear the matter on Monday.
The top court had issued notice to the Election Commission on Tuesday after the panel informed SC that it was taking up the matter.
Sushmita Dev, who is a Parliament member from Assam’s Silchar, had accused Election Commission of sitting on complaints related to poll code violations related to Shah and Modi. Dev said in her petition that the Prime Minister and Shah made “hate speeches” at campaign rallies. They also talked about the operations by the armed forces in public meeting despite the poll body’s ban, she said.
The opposition has complained to the Election Commission alleging that PM Modi had “brazenly” violated the poll code by invoking armed forces repeatedly during his poll rallies and demanded that a campaign ban be imposed on him for some time.
The Congress has said it has given 37 representations to the poll panel of which 10 can be categorised under “hate speeches, virulent, divisive, polarising” by Modi and BJP President Amit Shah.
In a statement on Wednesday, the EC had said it was of the “considered view” that Modi’s speech at Ausa in Maharashtra’s Latur district on April 9 hadn’t violated the model code, which took force after the commission announced the schedule for the seven-phase general election on March 10. The poll panel had also said that the PM did not violate the poll code of conduct in his Wardha speech in which he had claimed the opposition was scared to contest from seats where the majority community accounted for most of the constituency’s population.
After phase three of Lok Sabha polls, Congress had gone to the poll panel alleging that PM Modi violated the poll code by making a political speech outside a booth in Ahmedabad where he cast his vote.