New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday took a dig at senior Congress leader Kamal Nath after a video of him allegedly asking a group of Muslims in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh to ensure that the Congress gets 90 per cent of votes in their booths. Addressing the media, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra called him ‘Commission Nath’. Also Read - Kerala Gold Smuggling Case: Congress-led UDF Mulls no Confidence Motion Against Left Govt
“Today, from this stage, we are coining a new name for Kamal Nath ji. He is not Kamal Nath, he is ‘Commission Nath’. Madhya Pradesh ki janta ko Commission Nath nahi chahiye, yahan kamal hi khilega (People of Madhya Pradesh do not want Commission, only lotus will bloom here),” Patra said. Also Read - 'I Had Slip of Tongue, Mistake Regretted', PL Punia Backtracks on His 'Pilot in BJP' Statement
Earlier on Wednesday, the BJP had urged the Election Commission to take action against Kamal Nath while accusing him of seeking votes on religious grounds. The party also accused him of hatching a “criminal conspiracy against free and fair polls” in the state and referred to a purported video in its complaint to the EC. Also Read - West Bengal Latest News: Debendra Nath Ray, BJP MLA Found Hanging in His Home, Family Calls it 'Murder'
A BJP delegation, including Union ministers Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and SS Ahluwalia besides Rajya Sabha member and party spokesperson Anil Baluni, submitted a memorandum to the commission in which the party also sought action against a news channel over “paid opinion polls”.
“This is a case of Congress spicing up its secularism with communalism. It sports a ’tilak’ on the road and wears a cap in private,” Naqvi said, in an apparent dig at the opposition party over its Hindu outreach and Kamal Nath’s alleged appeal to Muslims for their votes at a private meeting.
The BJP urged the EC to take action against Kamal Nath and the Congress under the Representation of People Act, which bars seeking votes in the name of religion.
The BJP leader also claimed that an opinion poll broadcast by a news channel on November 18 violated the EC’s guidelines that bar telecast of any opinion or exit poll until the last day of poling is over after the Model Code of Conduct comes into effect. Furthermore, the party also sought action against the Congress for allegedly offering allurements to voters in Madhya Pradesh.
The voting for Madhya Pradesh Assembly Election 2018 is scheduled for November 28. The counting of votes in the state will be held on December 11 along with four other states – Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Mizoram and Telangana.
(Inputs from PTI)