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Lok Sabha elections 2019: EC meeting to decide on complaints against PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi begins

In her petition, Congress leader Sushmita Dev alleged that both PM Modi and Amit Shah indulged in hate speeches and used armed forces for “political propaganda.

lok-sabha-elections Updated: Apr 30, 2019 12:56 IST
Amrita Madhukalya
Amrita Madhukalya
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
The commission spelt out the timeline hours after the Congress moved the Supreme Court complaining that the Election Commission had been sitting on numerous complaints alleging model code of conduct violations against PM Modi and Amit Shah.
The commission spelt out the timeline hours after the Congress moved the Supreme Court complaining that the Election Commission had been sitting on numerous complaints alleging model code of conduct violations against PM Modi and Amit Shah.(Bloomberg)
         

The Election Commission meet to decide on poll code violation complaints against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah and Congress president Rahul Gandhi has begun.

The commission spelt out the timeline at its media briefing on the fourth phase of polling.

“Regarding the complaints of violations of Model Code of Conduct against senior leaders of two political parties, the commission has already taken all the inputs and all the details and we have scheduled a meeting tomorrow morning for taking decisions on each of these issues,” Chandra Bhushan Kumar said, adding that the moment there is a decision, the commission would make them public.

Hours earlier, the Congress had moved the Supreme Court complaining that the Election Commission had been sitting on numerous complaints alleging model code of conduct violations against PM Modi and Amit Shah.

In her petition, Congress leader Sushmita Dev alleged that both indulged in hate speeches and used armed forces for “political propaganda.

Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi mentioned Devi’s petition before a bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi to seek an urgent hearing but did not clearly name PM Modi and Amit Shah. Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi asked the senior lawyer in a lighter vein: “Why don’t you mention the names clearly.”

Dev, who heads the Congress’s women’s wing, told the Supreme Court in her plea that the Congress had sent over 40 representations to the poll panel since the model code of conduct kicked in on March 10.

In these, the Congress alleged there were eight instances of code violation by the two BJP leaders; six by the PM and two by BJP president.

Deputy Election Commissioner Kumar Sandep Saxena explained the time taken to process poll code violations saying the commission had to complete its due diligence including investigations by the legal wing, election expenditure, media and planning. “Everything has been processed; every Tuesday, the Commission has a meeting,” said Saxena.

 

First Published: Apr 29, 2019 20:09 IST

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