EC gives RaGa notice for ‘Adiwasis can be shot’ statement; Clears PM
The Election Commission has issued notice to Congress president Rahul Gandhi, giving him 48 hours to respond, for his speech in which he said that according to the new Adiwasi law –introduced by the Modi government - the police could shoot or attack them. Rahul said this while addressing a rally in Shahdol, Madhya Pradesh on April 23.
He said, “Narendra Modi has made a new law that allows police to shoot and attack them. They take away your lands, your forests, water and then you can be shot at.”
However, Modi has been given clean chit for his last month’s speech in Latur in which he had wheedle first-time voters to dedicate votes to the heroes of Pakistan’s Balakot airstrike and martyrs of 14 February Pulwama attack.
The poll body also cleared Modi of charges for violating the Model Code of Conduct for having questioned Rahul Gandhi’s decision to contest from Wayanad in Kerala.
Reacting to this; the Congress has said that it is now crystal clear that the model code of conduct has become the Modi Code of Conduct.
It may be noted that the Congress had moved the Top Court on Monday asking it to direct the EC to take action against the PM on eight counts of violation. In response to this, the court on Tuesday issued a notice to the commission charging the poll panel of inaction against the PM and BJP chief Amit Shah. The court will hear the case on May 2.