SC directs EC to decide before May 6 on 9 complaints against PM Modi, Amit Shah
The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Election Commission to decide before May 6, the nine complaints filed by the Congress party against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah for allegedly violating the model code of conduct.
A three judge bench headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi and comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna heard the petition by Congress MP Sushmita Dev who was represented by senior advocate A M Singhvi.
Earlier, Dev contended that multiple complaints have been lodged against Prime Minister Modi and Shah over the violation of electoral laws like the Conduct of Election Rules but the electoral body has responded to just two of these representations.
On Wednesday, the apex poll watchdog had cleared the Prime Minister’s speech in Maharashtra’s Wardha stating that there was no model code of conduct violation.
In the rally in Wardha, Modi had taken a veiled jibe at Congress president Rahul Gandhi for contesting from Wayanad in Kerala, in addition to Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, saying the party was “forced to run away from a majority seat to a minority constituency,” while accusing it of “defaming” the Hindu community by coining the term Hindu terror.
The next phase of the seven phased Lok Sabha polls is scheduled to be held on May 6. (ANI)
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