New Delhi: Congress on Tuesday has complained to the Election Commission (EC), alleging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had violated the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) by taking out a procession when he went to cast his vote in Ahmedabad during the third phase of Lok Sabha elections. Also Read - Were 'Modi, Modi' Chants Really Raised in Pakistan Parliament? Here's What Happened
Later, addressing media, senior Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said, “Today, after casting his vote, PM took out a long procession and delivered a speech. There has never been such a clear violation of MCC, he is a habitual offender. We appealed to EC to bar him from campaigning for 48-72 hours.” Also Read - Former Gujarat Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel Passes Away at 92, PM Modi Mourns His Death
However, the Gujarat Chief Electoral Officer said that there was no poll code violation by PM Modi during his road show today. Also Read - Mike Pompeo, Mark Esper Meet PM Modi, Convey US Interest in Strengthening Ties With India
As soon as he cast his vote, PM Modi had taken a stroll to his vehicle while flashing his inked finger.
Earlier in the day, he had appealed to people to cast their vote and had said people in the country were clever enough to know who to choose.
Making an appeal to voters to cast their votes, he said, “Like terrorism’s power is IED, people’s power is voting.”
A huge crowd gathered at the polling station while the PM rode an open vehicle to the polling station. He picked up Amit Shah’s granddaughter to play with her even as the gathering of supporters cheered them on. Shah was present outside the polling booth with his family to receive the Prime Minister.
As PM Modi stepped out of the vehicle, the crowd cheered him while he folded his hands to greet the gathering. Voters and party supporters were gathered outside the polling booth in Ahmedabad and they started chanting ‘Modi, Modi’.
The PM had met his mother Hiraba Modi in Gandhinagar in the morning and greeted her with sweets. She gave him a shawl and a coconut as blessings even as Gujarat went to poll in the third phase.