PM Modi's 'Majority is Minority' Speech Not a Poll Code Violation, Rules Election Commission
The PM, while addressing a rally in Wardha on April 1, had reportedly said, the opposition party was 'scared' to field its leaders from constituencies where the majority dominates.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi addressing an election rally.
New Delhi: The Election Commission on Tuesday gave a clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his speech in Maharashtra's Wardha, saying that there was no model code violation by him.
The speech was examined by the poll body after a Congress delegation met EC officials and brought up Modi's comments in which he had indirectly questioned Rahul Gandhi's decision to contest from Wayanad in Kerala. Gandhi is also contesting from the Congress bastion of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh.
"The matter has been examined in detail in accordance to the extant guidelines/provisions of the Model Code of Conduct, the Representation of the People Act and the report of the Chief Electoral Officer, Maharashtra. Accordingly, the commission is of the considered view that in this matter no such violation has been noticed," an EC spokesperson said.
At a rally in Wardha on April 1, Modi had claimed that the Congress had been forced to contest from places dominated by the minority community.
"The Congress insulted Hindus. People have decided to punish it in the election. Leaders of that party are now scared of contesting from constituencies dominated by the majority (Hindu) population. That is why they are forced to take refuge in places where the majority is a minority," Modi had said.
The Congress had alleged that Modi had made some "hateful, vile and divisive" remarks against Gandhi.
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