Dragging BJP into his emotional “daadi-papa” speech and accusing them of stoking communal violence might cost the Gandhi scion dear as the state wing of the BJP registered a complaint with the chief election commission VS Sampat, on Friday. They demanded that a case be registered against the AICC vice president and Congress’ registration should also be cancelled.
A delegation of party leaders, including state vice president Onkar Singh Lakhawat and spokesperson Kailash Nath Bhatt, met the CEC and submitted a complaint against Gandhi for violating code of conduct.
In its complaint, the BJP stated that at Khedali (Alwar) Rahul accused BJP of spreading violence in Muzaffarnagar, Gujrat, and Kashmir. “There is no evidence to prove these charges.”
The letter further states that the statement violates the code of conduct in the run up to elections.
The code of conduct states that criticism of political parties should be limited to policies and programmes; criticism of other parties or workers based on unverified allegations or distortions shall be avoided and there shall be no appeal to caste or communal feelings for securing votes.
Also, no party or candidate should indulge in any activity which may aggravate existing differences or create mutual hatred or cause tension between different castes and communities, religious or linguistic, states the code of conduct.
“The speech thus violated the codes of conduct… The actual utterances, the impassioned manner in which these were delivered, would appear to incite a riotous behaviour which is not conducive to creating an atmosphere of peace and harmony in which the EC is committed to conducting free and fair elections,” the complaint read.
BJP has demanded that EC should urgently issue a show-cause notice to Congress and its vice-president.
The poll body assured action over the complaint.