As the curtains fall on the polling for the state assembly, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress not only fought election through ward of words and statements, they also tried hard to trap each other’s leaders in the legal tangle.
While BJP filed almost 115 complaints before Election Commission of India (EC), Congress has filed 350 complaints related to violation of model code of conduct, against BJP and its leaders.
Interestingly, it was the saffron party which got the most out of those complaints as Election Commission rapped Congress’ top leaders including, Shankarsinh Vaghela and Arjun Modhwadia.
While Shankarsinh Vaghela was cautioned regarding his provocative speech on Godhra riots during the poll campaigning, Congress president Arjun Modhwadia was reprimanded by the EC for his comment allegedly comparing Modi with monkey.
It was not just the state leadership of Congress which had to face EC’s ire, the Central government had to hold back its plan to distribute cash subsidy to poor in the four districts of state after BJP knocked at the EC door claiming it to be a violation of code of conduct.
The Election-legal cell of the saffron party also complained against Maulana Vastanvi. The party had also filed complaint against two other Congress leaders for inciting people by issuing objectionable speeches at Mandvi in Surat.
The EC had also asked for registration of criminal complaint against Congress leader of South Gujarat, Kadir Prizada for issue inflammatory speech regarding Godhra communal riots.
The BJP sources said, “We are highly vigilant about the breach of code of conduct by any persons including leaders of the opponents. We had made more than 115 complaints and succeeded in 70% of those cases.”
Congress legal cell chairman advocate VH Kanara said, “We have forwarded about 350 complaints to the EC against BJP leaders including Modi. Many of the complaint EC has call report and it may take action according to law.”
A complaint regarding distribution of voters slip with photo of Modi is also pending. Latest complaints of Congress was lodged on Monday when Modi addressed people after casting his vote.