New Delhi: The Election Commission of India (ECI) gave another clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday for his speech in Gujarat’s Patan, in which he spoke about the ‘qatl ki raat’ warning to Pakistan for safe release of IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman. Also Read - Procure Vaccines From All Sources, Halt Central Vista Project: 12 Opposition Leaders Write to PM Modi
The commission concluded that PM Modi has not violated the model code or its advisory on armed forces in his speech in Gujarat’s Patan city on April 21. This is the sixth speech of the prime minister which has been cleared by the poll body. Also Read - EU Stands With India in 'Challenging Time', Modi Says 'Collaboration Essential' to Stop Pandemic
Addressing a Lok Sabha Elections 2019 rally in Patan last month, the PM spoke about the IAF Wing Commander’s captivity by Pakistan. He had said, “We conducted a press conference and warned Pakistan that if anything happened to our pilot, you will keep telling the world that Modi did this to you.” Also Read - Pressure Mounts on Modi Govt to Impose Nationwide Lockdown; Oppn Says Total Shutdown 'Inevitable'
Earlier on Friday, the EC had concluded that PM 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’.
“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.
Meanwhile, the Commission, on Thursday, gave a clean chit to PM Modi on his election address 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.