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Cong May Approach EC over PM Modi's 'Kabaristaan', 'Shamshaan' Remark

Congress to file a complaint with the Election Commission of India, against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, over ‘objectionable religious’ statements made by him in a public rally in Fatehpur on Sunday.

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Updated:February 20, 2017, 11:54 AM IST
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New Delhi: Congress may approach the Election Commission of India, against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, over 'objectionable religious' statements made by him in a public rally in Fatehpur on Sunday.

Modi had said, "Gaon mein agar kabristan banta hai, to gaon mein shamshaan bhi banana chahiye. Agar Ramzan me bijli militi hai, to Diwali me bhi milni chahiye. Agar Holi me bijli milit hai, to Eid par bhi bijli milni chahiye. Bhedbhav nahin hona chahiye (If there is a graveyard in a village, there should be a cremation ground too. If electricity is there during Ramzan, there should be electricity during Diwali too. If there is electricity during Holi, there should be electricity during Eid too. There should not be any discrimination)."

Reacting over PM's remark, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma said, "Seeing his definite loss PM is desperate. He is trying to polarise the elections through spreading communalism. This is a clear violation of EC's rules and the commission should take strict notice of this."

He said, "Modi ji has violated and insulted the oath he took as PM. He is not able to come out of this mentality. Being the PM he should not say these things. I hope that EC will do proceedings on it."

Defending Modi's comment BJP spokesperson GVL Narsimha Rao said, "We are living in a secular country and we believe in sab ka saath, sab ka vikas. There is nothing wrong in PM's remark. Few political parties are converting communities into their vote banks and fueling this issue for their political interest."

| Edited by: Sujit Nath
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