The Election Commission on Thursday gave the third clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on complaints of poll code violation. The latest exoneration has come in the case of his speech in Rajasthan’s Barmer, where he had said that India was no longer scared of Pakistan and the country’s nuclear arsenal was not meant for Diwali celebrations.
Speaking in Barmer, Modi had said, “India has stopped getting scared of Pakistan’s threats, I have done right, no? Else every other day they (Pakistan) used to say ‘we have nuclear button’….What do we have then? Have we kept it (nuclear button) for Diwali?”
Earlier, the Election Commission had concluded that Modi’s speeches in Maharashtra’s Wardha and Latur did not amount to the violation of the Model Code of Conduct. The national poll body has one more complaint of code violations against Modi for his speech made in Gujarat’s Patan district.
On Thursday, the EC had also let off Congress President Rahul Gandhi for accusing the Narendra Modi government of enacting a law that will allow tribals to be killed.
The Congress had approached the Supreme Court complaining of inaction by the Election Commission against Modi. The top court on Thursday had directed the EC to dispose off complaints against Modi by 6 May, when it will hear the matter again.