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EC seeks clarification from Congress chief over Sonia Gandhi's 'sovereignty' remark in Karnataka Sonia Gandhi
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EC seeks clarification from Congress chief over Sonia Gandhi's 'sovereignty' remark in Karnataka

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 08 May 2023, 09:22 pm

New Delhi/IBNS: The Election Commission (EC) Monday asked Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge to clarify a tweet on his predecessor Sonia Gandhi's "sovereignty" remarks during a rally in poll-bound Karnataka acting on the complaints of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that it amounts to a suggestion of secession.

"The Congress will not allow anyone to pose a threat to Karnataka's reputation, sovereignty or integrity," read a tweet by the Congress quoting Sonia Gandhi, posted on May 6.

The remarks triggered sharp criticisms from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who in his final election rally before the May 10 polls, accused the Congress of openly advocating for "separating" Karnataka from the rest of India.

Following the Congress tweet, the BJP then wrote to the Election Commission of India demanding "immediate and firm" action against Congress and its former president Sonia Gandhi for her "sovereignty" remark at a poll rally.

"Such a tweet is well-considered evil design to provoke the staunch nationalists, peace-loving, progressive and globally recognised people of Karnataka. The intent apparently is to disturb the equanimity, harmony and peace that obtains in Karnataka just to garner the votes and support of some select communities or groups, whose sole purpose and intent is to disrupt the very being of the Indian State," the BJP said in its letter to the poll body.

It further said the grand old party's "general and emerging impression"  is one of a party that always sides with forces that are inimical and opposed to the Indian state.

Calling Gandhi's remark "unfortunate and inappropriate", the BJP said even remotely suggesting secession to the people of Karnataka, "who were at the forefront of India's Independence movement and who have post-independence led in the fields of art, culture, education, industry & trade", amounts to insulting and humiliating them.

"Karnataka is a very important member state in the Union of India and any call to protect the sovereignty of a member State of the Union of India amounts to a call for secession and is fraught with perilous & pernicious consequences," the BJP letter said, detaining generally accepted essentials of a sovereign state.