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Act against PM for remarks on Rajiv Gandhi: Congress to EC

May 7, 2019

The Congress party has written to the Election Commission asking for action to be taken against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the alleged violation of the Model Code of Conduct with his comments on former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. At a rally, PM Modi said the late prime minister had ended "his life as bhrashtachari (corrupt) number one".

In a letter to the EC, the Uttar Pradesh Congress said, "The statement by Prime Minister is not only the violation of Model Code of Conduct but also an insult of Bharat Ratna awardee martyr. Hence, we appeal the EC to take action against Prime Minister Narendra Modi by barring him from speaking at public rallies".

The EC has cleared the PM of any poll code violation six times. The latest was after a speech in Gujarat, where he claimed that the BJP government had kept Pakistan on its toes to ensure the safe return of captured pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.

A bitter battle has broken out between the Congress and the BJP over the Prime Minister's comments on Rajiv Gandhi, who was assassinated by terrorists in 1991,

The PM had said, "Your father was termed 'Mr Clean' by his courtiers, but his life ended as bhrashtachari number 1 (corrupt number 1)".

In a statement Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, said

Modi Ji, The battle is over. Your Karma awaits you. Projecting your inner beliefs about yourself onto my father won't protect you. All my love and a huge hug. Rahul," read the tweet from the Congress chief, who made headlines last year by hugging the Prime Minister on the floor of parliament. - Rahul Gandhi, Leader, Congress Party

In the meantime, Shiromani Akali Dal's national spokesman Manjinder Singh Sirsa described Rajiv Gandhi as "India's biggest mob lyncher". Sirsa said that Mr Gandhi was the only prime minister in the world who "organised mob lynching against a particular community". In a statement, he supported the PM and said, "Prime Minister Narendra Modi is right in saying that Rajiv Gandhi was corrupt number one, but he was also India's biggest mob lyncher".

He asked Congress chief Rahul Gandhi to clarify why he has not accepted that his party was guilty and why has he failed to express sympathy with the families of victims of the 1984 riots.

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