New Delhi: The Election Commission is likely to seek a factual report from chief electoral officer of Maharashtra on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech at a poll rally in Wardha city. The development came after a delegation of Congress leaders Ahmed Patel, Jairam Ramesh, Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Randeep Surjewala met the EC officials and complaint against PM Modi’s speech wherein he (PM) had raised questions on Rahul Gandhi’s decision to contest from Wayanad.
PM Modi had said that the opposition party was “scared” to field its leaders from constituencies where majority dominates, alleging that the comments were “hateful and divisive”. The Opposition also accused PM of violating the model code of conduct, which has been in force since the EC announced the schedule of the Lok Sabha elections on March 10.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Singhvi said,”The prime minister through his speech tried to spread hate for electoral gains which is a serious violation of the Representation of People Act.”
On April 1, while slamming the Congress for the ‘Hindu terror’ metaphor, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had charged the opposition party with insulting “peace-loving” followers of the religion by linking them to terrorism. “The Hindus have now woken up and the country has decided to ‘punish’ the opposition party,” Modi had said.
He added,”The Congress tried to stain crores of the country’s people using the term Hindu terror. Tell me, weren’t you deeply hurt when you heard the term ‘Hindu terror’? Is there a single incident in the history of thousands of years of Hindus engaging in terrorism?” Modi said.