Congress approaches EC for action against PM Modi over his appeal to Karnataka voters a day before polls
New Delhi/IBNS: The Congress Tuesday reached out to the Election Commission seeking immediate action against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his appeals to Karnataka voters citing it to be "in violation" of the model code.
This comes after the Prime Minister issued two video messages to Karnataka voters since the campaign ended -- one after 11 pm on Monday and another Tuesday.
Senior Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala took to Twitter to write, "If Prime Minister flouts electoral laws & code of conduct for elections with impunity, brazenly and in utter disregard of ECI directives,.If Prime Minister refuses to so much even recognise the authority of Law and the ECI directives,If Prime Minister flouts the “silence period" defined in Law as inapplicable to him, If Prime Minister attempts to influence voters for electoral gains during the prohibited period,Should the ECI remain a mute and helpless spectator or act on its Constitutional Duty under Article 324 of the Constitution of India?
Do the Laws apply to Prime Minister or not and if ECI has the capacity and willingness to enforce such mandate or remain a helpless bystander? TRULY A LITMUS TEST FOR ECI !," he wrote.
If Prime Minister flouts electoral laws & code of conduct for elections with impunity, brazenly and in utter disregard of #ECI directives,— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) May 9, 2023
If Prime Minister refuses to so much even recognise the authority of Law and the ECI directives,
If Prime Minister flouts the “silence… pic.twitter.com/sBG6YYdpSz
Forty-eight hours ahead of the polling, all parties should refrain from any campaigning.
Earlier, making a strong pitch for the return of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Karnataka a day before the Assembly polls, PM Modi said the affection he has received in State over the last few days has been unparalleled, and it has strengthened the resolve to make it number one across all sectors.
The affection I have received in Karnataka over the last few days has been unparalleled. It has strengthened the resolve to make Karnataka Number 1 across all sectors! pic.twitter.com/2VSKn9KBqE— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 9, 2023
"Dream of every citizen of Karnataka is my dream. Your resolve is my resolve. When we come together and set our minds to a goal, no force in the world can stop us," he said on Twitter.
My message to the people of Karnataka… pic.twitter.com/DvFGl952OV— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 9, 2023
"I seek your blessings in the mission of making Karnataka the number one State in the country," said Modi, who addressed 19 public meetings and held six roadshows in the State ahead of the polls.
"My appeal is for the bright future of Karnataka. It is for the bright future of your family, especially the younger generations," the Prime Minister added.
The state will go to polls on Wednesday and the results will be declared on May 13.