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The Election Commission said it has sought a report from the Gujarat chief electoral officer on PM Narendra Modi’s alleged “road show” after casting his vote in Ahmedabad on Tuesday. This was after Congress moved the poll body alleging that the PM had violated the model code of conduct.
Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi said the PM’s long procession in Ahmedabad and speech were in clear violation of the poll code and the party had requested the EC to bar him from campaigning for 48-72 hours.
After casting his vote, Modi had travelled in an open jeep, walked down the road and had a short interaction with people in Ahmedabad.
The poll panel also said it had come to know of BJP president Amit Shah’s comment that the PM “sent his air force” to destroy terror camps in Pakistan after the Pulwama attack. Shah made the remarks while addressing a rally at Krishna Nagar in West Bengal on Monday. “This has come to our notice. Details are being collected. Once we get them, we will examine,” deputy election commissioner Sandeep Saxena said.
Responding to questions on why the EC was taking time to decide on complaints against the PM pending for the past several days, Saxena said the poll panel had received the specific transcripts only by April 16. He said the delay was not unusual as the district administrations concerned were busy with conduct of polls and the PM’s speeches had to be transcribed.
Addressing a rally in Maharashtra’s Latur on April 9, Modi had appealed to first-time voters to dedicate their vote to those who carried out the Balakot strike and martyrs of Pulwama. Addressing a rally in Theni in Tamil Nadu on April 12, Modi had said Left and the Muslim League were playing a dangerous game on Sabarimala, and were attempting “to strike at the root of faith and aspiration”. Opposition parties had lodged complaints with the EC in both these cases.
The commission said it was still examining the two cases in its “entirety”. Similarly, the EC said it was carefully examining complaints against Congress president Rahul Gandhi by studying transcripts of his remarks against Modi.