Bhopal: Notice to RaGa over Shahdol speech

BHOPAL: The Election Commission of India has found an speech made by Congress national president Rahul Gandhi objectionable. Through a notice the ECI has sought an explanation from him within 48 hours over his speech at an April 23 election rally in Shahdol district of Madhya Pradesh. The BJP has complained to the ECI in New Delhi on April 27 and demanded strict action against him for breaching the poll code.

The ECI subsequently sought a report in the matter from the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO-MP). On April 30 the CEO-MP furnished a detailed report, comments and transcript of the speech to the ECI. The ECI examined the video clip and the transcript of Gandhi and found it to be in violation of the provisions contained in Para (2) of Part (1) of General Conduct of Model Code of Conduct.

Thereafter, EC on Wednesday, after considering the available material and extant provisions of the poll code and instructions on the matter, sought from Gandhi his explanation in the matter within 48 hours, failing which the poll body shall take a decision without making any further reference to him.

The speech

Gandhi had said “Ab Narendra Modi nein naya kanoon banaya hai, adviasiyon ke liye naya kanoon banaya hai. Usme ek line likhi hai ki adivasiyon ko goli se maaraa ja sakega. Kanoon mein likha hai ki adivasiyon par aakraman hoga, aapki zameen chhinte hain, jungle lete hai, jal lete hain aur phir kahtein hain ki adivasiyon ko goli maar di jaa sakti hai. Aisa Hindustan hame nahi chahiye. (Now Modi has drafted a new law for tribals, which contains a line that tribals can be killed with bullets. It’s written in that law that tribals will be attacked, their land, jungles and water will be usurped and then they can be shot down.)

Election commission in action

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