New Delhi: Supreme Court will hear on Tuesday a petition filed by Congress MP Sushmita Dev seeking urgent and necessary directions to the Election Commission (EC) to take a decision on the complaints filed against PM Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah over alleged violations of electoral laws while campaigning for Lok Sabha elections.
Dev’s petition seeks urgent and necessary directions to the EC to take a decision on the complaints filed against PM Modi and BJP President Amit Shah over alleged violations of electoral laws.
Congress has been alleging that the EC was ignoring its complaints against both the senior leaders on model code violations and had warned last weekend that it considered moving court if no action was initiated by the poll body.
“We are astonished and sadly compelled to say that the Model Code of Conduct has become Modi code of conduct,” Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi had said at a press conference. He added, “We are also saddened to say that it is as if in the second word of the Election Commission, the letter ‘C’ has been dropped and it has become the ‘Election omission’ as far as the Modi and Shah duo is concerned.”
Congress had charged the poll watchdog with not taking action against PM Modi as well as the BJP president for their “hateful, virulent and divisive” speeches and “politicisation of the valour” of the armed forces at election rallies for “cheap electoral gains”.
Singhvi had said, “In the last 20 days, the Modi-Shah duo has made statements with divisive tone so many times. They have politicised the valour of our armed forces. Modi held rallies before and after casting vote in Ahmedabad (last week). This scale of violation has never happened in the last 72 years.”
A Congress delegation had met the EC also over the issue and demanded a 48 to 72-hour ban on speeches by the Prime Minister and Shah. Singhvi had said, “We are not surprised by the violations of the MCC by BJP leaders. They are resorting to all tactics because they know they are losing the polls. But we cannot understand why the election policeman is silent on this matter. Its silence somehow means it is endorsing the acts of the BJP leaders.”
“The EC acted on some of our complaints and we praise them for that but it not acting against the Modi-Shah duo. Do the two leaders not come within the ambit of the EC rule book?” Singhvi had said.