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Maneka Gandhi gets notice from Election Commission

April 14, 2019

Union Minister Maneka Gandhi, who is contesting the national election from Sultanpur, has been served with a show-cause notice by the District Magistrate of the area. This is after a report was sent to the Election Commission after she was seen on camera telling a gathering of Muslims that if they did not vote for her, she would not be responsive to their demands.

She also added, "I have already won this election, now it is for you to decide".

B R Tiwari, Additional Chief Election Officer, said,

The Election Commission has taken cognisance of the matter. District Magistrate, Sultanpur has issued a show-cause notice to her and a report has been sent to the poll body. - BR Tiwari, Additional Chief Election Officer

Gandhi later claimed that her words had been twisted. "I love Muslims and I had myself called a meeting of the BJP's minority cell. I only meant to say that I am winning the elections and their participation would be like 'daal pe chaunka'."

In the video clip that was shared widely on social media, Gandhi can be heard saying, "I am winning. I am winning because of the love and support of people. But if my victory is without Muslims, I won't feel that good. Dil khatta ho jayega (Things will become sour). Then when a Muslim comes to me for work, I think let it be, how does it matter. It's all give and take, isn't it? We aren't all sons of Mahatma Gandhi, are we? (laughter). It's not that we keep on giving and then losing in the election. This victory will happen with or without you."

She also added, "I have already won the elections, but you will need me. This is your chance to lay the foundation. When the election comes and this booth throws up 100 votes or 50 votes, and then you come to me for work we will see...I don't see any divides, I see only pain, sadness and love. So it is up to you..."

The Congress party called her remarks "scandalous" and party leader Randeep Surjewala called for strict action for using words that are "dividing people".

Gandhi began her campaign from the Sultanpur seat about 10 days ago. The seat is currently held by her son Varun Gandhi. For this election, her son has shifted back to Pilbhit.

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