Violation? What violation? Election Commission gives clean chit to Modi on ‘Bhrashtachari No1’ remarks for Rajiv Gandhi


The Election Commission on Tuesday gave one more clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his comments mocking the late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi by calling him Bhrashtachari no. 1. The national poll body dismissed the petition by stating that ‘prima facie, we did not figure out any literal violation of the Model Code of Conduct.’

The Congress on Monday had approached the Election Commission alleging the violation of the MCC by Modi when he called the former prime minister the most corrupt.

Addressing an election rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Pratapgarh on Saturday, Modi had told Rahul Gandhi that he mustn’t forget that his own father’s life had ended as a corrupt number 1.

Modi had said, “Your courtiers had given your father the title of Mr Clean. They used to shout Mr Clean, Mr Clean with pomp and splendour. But, his life ended as ‘Bhrastachari number 1′ (corrupt number 1).”

In response, Congress President Rahul Gandhi had refused to attack Modi for the insult hurled at his father. He had written on Twitter, “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.”

His sister and AICC General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi had tweeted, “A prime minister, who is known for seeking votes in the name of martyrs by insulting their martyrdom yesterday disrespected a martyr in his uncontrolled madness. People of Amethi, for whom Rajiv Gandhi sacrificed his life, will give befitting reply. Yes, Modi ji, this country never forgets a cheat.”

The Election Commission has so far given clean to Modi and BJP President Amit Shah in every complaint of gross violation, raising serious questions on its credibility.