UP Election 2017: Congress backs out from approaching EC over Narendra Modi's graveyard remark

New Delhi: The Congress on Monday backed out from approaching the Election Commission (EC) against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's controversial "graveyard and cremation ground" remark.

Congress leader Anand Sharma. Reuters

Congress leader Anand Sharma. Reuters

While senior Congress leader Anand Sharma said the EC should do its own work on the issue as it had the constitutional mandate, the party's head of legal cell K C Mittal said due to "unavailability of some senior leaders", the move was cancelled.

"The EC should think what action they would take on Modi's speech. It is not an ordinary institution. They have a duty to discharge. They had themselves warned before the elections that they will not allow this kind of campaign, which is divisive," added Sharma.

Sharma added that Modi should not provoke people and use language which is unacceptable.

However, Mittal told IANS that there were some difficulties which led to the cancellation of the Congress move to approach the EC.

"The meeting got postponed. Today (Monday) it was not possible, there were some difficulties, we'll see it later. The meeting with the commission was tentative (which was scheduled at 5:30 p.m.) and it was not confirmed. Moreover, some of our senior leaders were not available," he told IANS.

Asked if the party would approach the EC later when the senior leaders are available, Mittal said: "We'll inform you about it."

Earlier on Monday, Mittal said: "We will approach the Election Commission today (Monday) over his (Modi) remarks."

Modi on Sunday said the Uttar Pradesh government was playing politics of discrimination, while his flagship schemes benefit everyone irrespective of their caste and religion.

"If a village receives funds for a graveyard, then it should also get for cremation ground... If you provide uninterrupted power supply for Eid, then you should also do it for Diwali," Modi said while addressing an election rally in Fatehpur, attacking the Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh.

Updated Date: Feb 20, 2017 18:33 PM

Also Watch

Social Media Star: Abhishek Bachchan, Varun Grover reveal how they handle selfies, trolls and broccoli
  • Monday, July 16, 2018 It's a Wrap: Soorma star Diljit Dosanjh and Hockey legend Sandeep Singh in conversation with Parul Sharma
  • Monday, July 16, 2018 Watch: Dalit man in Uttar Pradesh defies decades of prejudice by taking out baraat in Thakur-dominated Nizampur village
  • Monday, July 16, 2018 India's water crisis: After govt apathy, Odisha farmer carves out 3-km canal from hills to tackle scarcity in village
  • Sunday, July 15, 2018 Maurizio Sarri, named as new Chelsea manager, is owner Roman Abramovich's latest gamble in quest for 'perfect football'

Also See