Congress today complained to the Election Commission and demanded filing of an FIR against Narendra Modi for displaying his party election symbol and making a speech after casting his vote in Gandhinagar.
In its complaint to the EC, K C Mittal, secretary, AICC legal department, said, it is "noticed from the live news telecast on various news channels that Modi went to the polling station at Gandhinagar to cast his vote. "And on his way out he was campaigning for BJP and delivering speech in a fashion to canvas for BJP, himself and also displayed the election symbol to the public while showing his finger for having cast his vote," the party said.
Mittal said Modi's speech and also the display of symbol was in violation of section 126 of Representation of People's Act (RPA) and therefore an FIR may be registered against him. Accusing Modi of violating the model code and committing an offence under RPA, Congress demanded immediate action against Modi. Congress demanded that Modi or any of his associates be directed to stay away from polling booths and prevented from campaigning in any manner whatsoever.
Besides a special observer may be deputed to monitor his movements and activities and stern actions may be taken against him for any violation during the course of the day, the Congress said. "He may also be disqualified for such blatant violation," he said.