No poll code violation: EC clean chit to PM Modi over Bhrashtachari remark against Rajiv Gandhi

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On Saturday, Narendra Modi while addressing an election rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Pratapgarh had said, the life of Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s father Rajiv Gandhi ended as ‘Bhrashtachari number 1.’

The Election Commission on Tuesday concluded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not violate the Model Code of Conduct when he made ‘Bhrashtachari number 1’ remark against former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi during a recent rally.

“Prima facie, we did not figure out any literal violation of MCC as given in the Election Commission of India instructions,” the poll body said in a statement. Case is therefore disposed off, it said.

On Saturday, Narendra Modi while addressing an election rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Pratapgarh had said, the life of Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s father Rajiv Gandhi ended as ‘Bhrashtachari number 1.’

“Your father was termed ‘Mr Clean’ by his courtiers, but his life ended as ‘Bhrashtachari number 1,’ Modi had said.

Modi was apparently referring to Bofors scam, in which Rajiv Gandhi was accused of receiving kickbacks from Swedish defence manufacturer, Bofors, for the sale of artillery guns to India. Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated in 1991.

The remark had drawn severe criticism from Congress party. The Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee, which had filed the complaint in the EC, had said that the statement by PM Modi was not only the violation of Model Code of Conduct but also an insult of Bharat Ratna awardee martyr. Hence, we appeal the EC to take action against Prime Minister Narendra Modi by barring him from speaking at public rallies, the committee had said in the letter to the Ec on May 5.

In response to PM Modi’s remark, Rahul Gandhi said that PM Modi was just projecting his beliefs on to his father, Rajiv Gandhi, while adding that such accusations won’t protect him.

In a tweet, Rahul Gandhi said, “Modi ji, the battle is over. Your Karma awaits you. Projecting your inner beliefs about yourself onto my father won’t protect you.”

“All my love and a huge hug,” Rahul Gandhi told PM Modi.

PM Modi’s corruption accusations also got a reaction from Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra who condemned the prime minister for his remarks.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said that PM Modi had “insulted the martyrdom of a righteous and holy man in his unbridled craze”.

“The reply will be given by the people of Amethi for whom Rajiv Gandhi gave his life. Yes Modi ji, this nation never forgives treachery,” Priyanka Gandhi Vadra tweeted.

Source: India Today

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