Modi gets second clean chit from Election Commission on Latur speech

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The Election Commission on Wednesday gave a second clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra on complaints of violation of the Model Code of Conduct during his election speech in Latur last month.

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The national poll body, according to Indian Express, concluded that Modi had not committed any violations while urging first time voters to vote by remembering the martyrs of Pulwama. While addressing an election rally in Maharashtra’s Latur on 9 April, Modi had appealed to first-time voters to dedicate their votes to also those soldiers who carried out the air strikes deep inside Pakistan in February this year,

On Tuesday, the Election Commission had exonerated Modi from the allegations of poll code violations during his speech in Wardha in Maharashtra.

Speaking in Wardha, Modi had said, “They can run in whichever direction, but the Congress can never exonerate itself from this sin. Even the Congress has realised that the country has decided to punish it. That’s why their leaders are leaving the battleground. That’s because Hindus have woken up. That’s why he (Rahul Gandhi) doesn’t have courage to fight from a seat (Amethi) where Hindus are in majority. That’s why he’s forced to seek refuge in a constituency (Wayanad), where the majority community is in minority.”

Earlier, a Congress delegation had met the Election Commission raising the same issue of poll violations by Modi and his top party colleagues. Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi had said that the Model Code of Conduct had become the Modi Code of Conduct. The party had said that ‘such habitual violations by the prime minister make it evident that he is not just making a mockery of this Commission but also the armed forces and the defence personnel for his petty political gains.’

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