Congress president, Rahul Gandhi, was let off by the Election Commission on Thursday for his derogatory and defamatory remarks against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah and his son Jay shah in an election rally that violated the Model Code of Conduct.
The Election Commission said that “it is of the view that the speech did not contain any element that violated the Model Code of Conduct.”
A BJP member filed a case against Congress president for his remarks against Amit Shah alleging that they violated the Model Code of Conduct. Previous month while addressing a rally, Rahul Gandhi had launched an attack on Amit Shah citing an old murder case in which he was accused and discharged by the apex court five years ago. Rahul Gandhi also alleged corruption remarks on his son, Jay Shah.
Addressing a rally in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, Gandhi said that “Murder accused BJP president Mr. Amit Shah… waah! Kya Shaan hai.” He continued saying, “Have you heard of Jay Shah? He is a magician, he made 50,000 into 80 crores in 3 months time.”
BJP President Amit Shah was alleged in a case involving the fake encounter of a gangster Sohrabudidin Sheikh that took place in 2005. He was let off by the court citing less evidence to merit a trial. The previous year. CBI approached the Bombay High Court to challenge the petition of the trial court against Amit Shah, However, it was dismissed by the Bombay High court.
In a similar plea filed by the opposition, Congress party against the poll remarks of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the EC gave a clean chit to Narendra Modi saying that the remarks of, “nuclear weapon were not kept for Diwali celebration” did not violate any Model Code of Conduct.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing a rally at Barmer, Rajasthan had invoked armed forces and said that India’s nuclear weapons were not kept for Diwali celebration had ripened opposition’s rage.
Under the speculation of EC’s decisions on the two leaders of rival parties, Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi, EC took over to BJP leader Yogi Adityanath over his remarks and have asked him to reply to the notice within 24 hours.
In a rally in Sambhal, Uttar Pradesh while addressing the people, Yogi urged the voters to not hand over the reins for the country to terrorists, to those who call themselves children of Babur (Babur ki aulad)… to those who oppose Bajrangbali.”
On the same day, Congress general secretary, Priyanka Gandhi, also received a notice from the NCPCR against the involvement of children in the election campaign.
The country has witnessed four phases of Lok Sabha elections on April 11, April 18, April 23, and April 29. the remaining three phases of elections will be held on May 6, May 12, and May 19. The results will be announced on May 23.