Congress may move court against PM Modi and Amit Shah

Elias Hubbard
April 29, 2019

The Congress has moved to top court and alleged inaction by the Election Commission in looking into alleged poll code violation by PM Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. However, the poll panel has been "guarded and oblivious" to the complaints and evidence given by the Congress against Modi and Shah, the plea said.

Congress parliamentarian Sushmita Dev had filed a petition before the Supreme Court on Monday, seeking urgent and necessary directions to the Election Commission to take a decision on the complaints filed against PM Modi & BJP President Amit Shah over alleged violations of electoral law.

"The slow response of the ECI in this regard is also contended to be a tacit endorsement of Modi's and Shah's conduct, in effect giving them a clean chit despite MCC [Model Code of Conduct] violations", the petition said.

He said the Congress has given 37 representations in the last five to six weeks, out of which ten can be categorized in three categories - "hate speeches, virulent, divisive, polarizing", both by Shah and Modi.

On two of these issues, the EC had passed orders prohibiting or curtailing campaigning activities, he said, citing the case of Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath. He was reacting over the statement given by former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. "On the other hand the leader of alliance, Rahul baba, goes on leave every second month". "Is the EC not directly, not tacitly, directly accepting endorsing and supporting such conduct?" he asked.

"We have a right to approach the courts seeking action over model code violations".

Responding to questions on reported remarks by Congress leaders P.C. Chacko and Shatrughan Sinha on Yasin Malik and Mohammed Ali Jinnah respectively, Mr Singhvi said while Sinha has clarified his comments, it would be better if Chacko was approached directly on the issue.

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