The Election Commission on Thursday ruled that Congress President Rahul Gandhi had not committed a violation of the Model Code of Conduct by calling BJP President Amit Shah a murder accused during one of his election speeches.
Gandhi, while addressing a rally in Siroha, Jabalpur, on 23 April, had called Shah a murder accused. The BJP had moved the Election Commission alleging a violation of the MCC.
The Election Commission said in its ruling, “The matter has been examined in accordance with extant advisories, MCC and after examination of the complete transcript of the speech sent by the DEO, Jabalpur, the Commission is of the considered view that in this matter no such violation of the MCC is made out.”
Gandhi had said in that election rally, “Murder accused. Murder accused BJP President Amit Shah….waah! kya shaan hai (Wow, what extravagance!)… Ok, Have you heard of Jay Shah’s (Amit Shah’s son) name? He is a magician, he made Rs. 50,000 into Rs. 80 crore in 3 months.”
Shah was named in the alleged fake encounter of Sohrabuddin Sheikh in 2005 for which he even had to go to jail. But, a court in 2014 had dropped all charges against him.
The Election Commission on Wednesday had sent Gandhi a notice asking him to reply within 48 hours for a separate speech, in which he had accused the Narendra Modi government of enacting a new law so that tribals could be shot dead. According to the complaint, Gandhi had made the speech in Shahdol in Madhya Pradesh on 23 April.
More to follow!