Rahul Gandhi gets Election Commission notice for saying Narendra Modi govt enacted law allowing tribals to be 'shot at'

Citing Rahul Gandhi's speech made at Shahdol in Madhya Pradesh on 23 April, the commission pointed at a provision of the model code which bars unverified allegations to be levelled against political opponents.

Press Trust of India May 02, 2019 08:10:30 IST
Rahul Gandhi gets Election Commission notice for saying Narendra Modi govt enacted law allowing tribals to be 'shot at'
  • Rahul has been given 48 hours to respond to the notice, failing which it will take action without further reference to him

  • Two BJP workers had approached the EC with the complaint, following which a report was sought from MP poll authorities

  • Citing his speech made at Shahdol in Madhya Pradesh on 23 April, the commission pointed at a provision of the model code which it flouted

New Delhi: The Election Commission on Wednesday issued a showcause notice to Congress president Rahul Gandhi for his alleged remarks that the Narendra Modi government has enacted a new law which allows tribal to be shot at.

Rahul Gandhi gets Election Commission notice for saying Narendra Modi govt enacted law allowing tribals to be shot at

Congress President Rahul Gandhi addresses an election campaign meeting at Amethi. PTI

Citing his speech made at Shahdol in Madhya Pradesh on 23 April, the commission pointed at a provision of the model code which bars "unverified" allegations to be levelled against political opponents.

Rahul has been given 48 hours to respond to the notice, failing which it will take action without further reference to him.

Two BJP workers had approached the EC with the complaint, following which a report was sought from the Madhya Pradesh poll authorities.

According to a broad translation of the Hindi speech available on the internet, Rahul had alleged: "Narendra Modi government has made a new law for tribals in which there is a line that says tribals can be shot at...They snatch your land, take away your jungle and water and then say that tribals can be shot at."

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