Election Commission gives clean chit to Modi for violating MCC

By  Shimon Chadha | Updated:  May 02, 2019, 01:03 PM

After multiple complaints filed by the Congress to the Election Commission against senior BJP leaders Narendra Modi and Amit Shah for violating the Model Code of Conduct, the EC has given Modi a clean chit for his speech at Latur constituency in Maharashtra, two days after the constitutional body announced that his speech at Wardha too did not violate the MCC. 
At the Latur speech, the Prime Minister had appealed to first-time voters to dedicate their vote to the soldiers who conducted the Balakot air-strikes, and to the “martyrs who lost their lives in Pulwama”, referring to the Pulwama attack by terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammad in which 40 CRPF soldiers lost their lives, and the airstrike conducted by the Indian Air Force in response, at the JeM training camp in Pakistan. 
The speech at the rally in the Wardha district of Maharashtra comprised of Modi saying that at the Wayanad constituency in Kerala, where Congress president Rahul Gandhi is contesting the ongoing Lok Sabha elections from, the “minority is majority”. 
Ten complaints have been filed by the Congress against BJP leaders- eight against Modi, and two against BJP National President Amit Shah, and a petition has been filed in the Supreme Court, alleging that the EC is not taking action on the complaints. The Supreme Court has ordered the EC to take action on the remaining nine complaints within the next 48 hours. 
Senior Congress leader and MP Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that the party might take a “collective decision about challenging EC’s decision”, as the party leaders believe that the EC’s clean chit to the PM does not provide any strong justifications.

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