As EC Issues Notice To Rahul Gandhi, Congress Asks, What About PM Modi?

| December 14 , 2017 , 09:05 IST

Soon after Congress-elect Rahul Gandhi was issued a notice by the Election Commission for allegedly violating the 'Model Code of Conduct' ahead of the Gujarat elections, the Congress party has demanded action against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and BJP chief Amit Shah.

The BJP filed a complaint with the EC regarding an interview given by Rahul Gandhi to a local television channel on Wednesday, after all campaigning was halted on Tuesday night ahead of the Gujarat phase 2 elections. The Election Commission then issued a notice to Rahul Gandhi saying he "prima facie" violated the model code of conduct.

Congress has sought similar action against PM Modi and Amit Shah, claiming that they both violated the model code, PM Modi by giving a speech at FICCI and Shah by giving an interview to a tv channel on Wednesday.

The Congress party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala revealed on Twitter that the Congress delegation has submitted a memorandum to the ECI demanding registration of FIR against BJP leaders for violating the model code of conduct. 

"Congress delegation submitted a memorandum to ECI demanding immediate registration of FIR against BJP leaders in the context of them violating the model code of conduct.If FIR can be registered against news channels for telecasting Rahul ji's interview then why not against BJP?" Surjewala said. 

Surjewala also alleged that Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and state BJP president Jitu Vaghani had issued threats to journalists for airing Congress President Rahul Gandhi's interview.

"We are on record to say the Gujarat chief minister and Gujarat BJP chief are calling up television channels and threatening them. Union minister Piyush Goyal has also said that cases will be registered against those airing Gandhi's interviews," Surjewala said.

Union Minister Piyush Goyal alleged that Rahul Gandhi violated the Model Code out of 'desperation'.

"The Congress is so scared and Rahul Gandhi is desperate to save his face. That is why he violated the Model Code and gave interviews," Piyush Goyal said to media.

"We don't think such interviews are allowed in the 48 hours prior to polls. We have never given such interviews," he added.

According to the Model Code of Conduct, issued as guidelines for political parties ahead of elections, commenting about the elections 48 hours before polling is barred.