New Delhi: The Election Commission (EC) on Tuesday disposed of the case against Prime Minister Narendra Modi which was lodged by the Opposition leaders over his ‘Bhrashtachari No 1’ remark against former PM Rajiv Gandhi. The EC said there wasn’t any violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC).
The EC said, “Prima facie, we did not figure out any literal violation of MCC as given in Election Commission of India (ECI) instructions. The case is therefore disposed of.”
On May 5, PM Modi, while addressing a rally in UP’s Pratapgarh, had launched a scathing attack on Congress President Rahul Gandhi saying that the life of his father, late former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, ended as ‘Bhrashtachari number 1’. “Your father was termed ‘Mr Clean’ by his courtiers, but his life ended as ‘Bhrashtachari No 1’ (corrupt number 1),” Modi had said, in an apparent reference to the Bofors scandal of the 1980s.
He had added, “By hurling abuses, you cannot turn the 50 long years of Modi’s tapasya (struggle) into dust.” “Na main gira aur na meri ummeedon ke minar gire, par kuch log mujhe girane mein kayi baar gire,” Modi had stated.
Following Modi’s remark, Rahul and party general secretary for UP (east) Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had hit back at the PM over his ‘Bhrashtachari No 1’ jibe and said that the latter was projecting his inner beliefs about himself onto his father.
“Modi Ji, the battle is over. Your Karma awaits you. Projecting your inner beliefs about yourself onto my father won’t protect you. All my love and a huge hug. Rahul,” Rahul had tweeted.
Echoing similar statements, Rahul’s sister and Congress’ general secretary Priyanka had said, “The Prime Minister, who is seeking votes in the name of martyrs, yesterday disrespected the martyrdom of a nobleman. People in Amethi will give a befitting reply for whom Rajiv Gandhi sacrificed his life. Yes Modi ji, this nation never forgives deception.”