Reacting to the Election Commission’s (EC) notice to Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi for his speeches in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, party general secretary Digvijay Singh on Friday asked why Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) prime ministerial aspirant Narendra Modi is never issued a notice for his speeches on religion and caste
“When Modi gives speeches based on religion and caste, then Election Commission (EC) does not issue notice to him. This is a matter of concern,” he said
The Election Commission has issued a notice to Rahul Gandhi for his speeches in Churu, Rajasthan on October 23 and Indore, Madhya Pradesh on October 24
The poll body has asked the Congress number two to explain by Monday why action should not be initiated against him for prima facie violating the Model Code of Conduct
The Election Commission notice also says that in case no reply is received within the prescribed time limit it will be presumed that he has nothing to say and the commission will proceed to take appropriate action without any further reference
The BJP had complained to the poll body in this regard, saying that Gandhi had falsely blamed the party for communal violence in Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh
In its complaint, the BJP said that the Congress Vice-President’s remarks violate the Model Code of Conduct for elections
The BJP’s complaint to the poll panel also included Gandhi’s allegation during a rally in Indore that Pakistani agencies were trying to reach out to young Muslims whose families had been affected by the Muzaffarnagar violence.