The Supreme Court (SC) today (Thursday, May 2) told the Election Commission (EC) to decide pending complaints of Model Code of Conduct violations against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah before it hears the matter again on May 6.
The Congress had filed its first complaint against Modi and Shah on April 5. The next phase of the Lok Sabha elections is scheduled to be held on May 6.
The EC told the SC bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi that it has already decided on two out of the 11 complaints which were filed by the Congress party against Modi and Shah.
The EC had yesterday given a second clean chit to PM Modi on the complaint against his appeal to first-time voters by invoking the Balakot airstrikes in Latur, Maharashtra on April 9.
Earlier, the poll watchdog had on Tuesday ruled that Modi’s speech in Maharashtra’s Wardha, in which he had questioned Rahul Gandhi’s decision to contest from Wayanad in Kerala, did not violate the model code.
At a rally in Wardha on April 1, Modi had claimed that the Congress had been forced to contest from places dominated by the minority community because it had insulted the Hindus, an apparent reference to Hindutva terror cases, after the accused in Samjhauta train blast were let off by the trial court due to botched up investigation.
Modi had said: “The Congress insulted Hindus. People have decided to punish it in the election. Leaders of that party are now scared of contesting from constituencies dominated by the majority (Hindu) population. That is why they are forced to take refuge in places where the majority is a minority.”
After this, the Congress lashed out at the Election Commission saying that the model code of conduct has become the ‘Modi Code of Conduct’.
“Disappointed that the PM of India is permitted to go scot-free after rampant violation of Article 324 & MCC. There cannot be two sets of laws for Modiji & the rest of the country,” party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala tweeted.
Today in Supreme Court, senior advocate AM Singhvi, appearing for Congress Lok Sabha MP Sushmita Dev, who has filed a petition in the apex court on the issue, said that they have given 11 representations to EC against the duo but it has taken decision on only two.
“The remaining representations of the petitioners shall be decided by the Election Commission before we hear the matter again on Monday (May 6),” said the SC bench.