New Delhi: The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Friday concluded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not violate the model code or its advisory on armed forces in his speech at Varanasi rally and neither was there anything wrong in his comments made in Nanded, Maharashtra where he reportedly dubbed the Congress as a ‘sinking Titanic’.
With this, the poll body has given clean chit to the Prime Minister in five complaints related to model code of conduct violation.
“In a matter related to a complaint concerning alleged violations of advisories of the Commission and Model Code of Conduct, in a speech delivered by Narendra Modi at Nanded, Maharashtra on April 6, a detailed report of the Chief Electoral Officer, Maharashtra was obtained. The matter has been examined in detail … (the) Commission is of the considered view that in this matter no such violation of the extant advisories/provisions is attracted,” the EC said, as quoted by PTI.
Earlier, while addressing a rally in Nanded of Maharashtra, PM Modi had compared the Congress to sinking Titanic ship. “All those who are in the ship like the Nationalist Congress Party are either sinking or jumping off to escape,” he had reportedly said.
Referring to Modi’s Varanasi speech on April 25, where he had gone to file his nomination for Lok Sabha elections, the EC said a detailed report of the Chief Electoral Officer, Uttar Pradesh was obtained.
“The matter has been examined in detail in accordance with the extant advisories, provisions of the Model Code of Conduct and after examination of complete transcript, Commission is of the considered view that in this matter no such violation of the extant advisories/provisions is attracted,” it said.
The Commission, on Thursday, gave a clean chit to PM Modi, saying he did not violate the model code of conduct during his election speech in Rajasthan’s border town of Barmer where he invoked the armed forces and said that India’s nuclear button was not kept to be used for Diwali.
Earlier, the EC had had found nothing wrong in the prime minister’s speech at Wardha on April 1 where he attacked Congress chief Rahul Gandhi for contesting from minority-dominated Wayanad seat. It has also cleared the PM for his appeal to first-time voters by invoking the Balakot air strikes and the Pulwama martyrs in Latur on April 9.
(With inputs from PTI)