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Lok Sabha Elections 2024: ECI issues notices to BJP, Congress on complaints against Modi, Rahul
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Lok Sabha Elections 2024: ECI issues notices to BJP, Congress on complaints against Modi, Rahul

| @indiablooms | 25 Apr 2024, 03:17 pm

New Delhi/IBNS: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has issued notices to the country's biggest political outfits, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress, on complaints against the top leaders of the respective camps, media reports said.

The complaints have been filed after both the parties accused each other of violating Model Code of Conduct (MCC) in reference to the poll speeches of Prime Minister and BJP's supreme leader Narendra Modi and Congress top leader Rahul Gandhi.

The poll body has asked BJP national president Jagat Prakash Nadda and Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge to respond to the notices by 11 am on April 29 (Monday).

However, the notices did not carry the names of either Modi or Rahul.

In the notices, the ECI said the politicians like Modi or Rahul, who hold top positions, are expected to engage in a higher quality of discourse.

Earlier, a huge showdown was seen between the two parties after Prime Minister Modi alleged the Congress, if voted to power, to distribute public assets among the infiltrators.

Speaking at the rally, Modi in his trademark style said, "Earlier during its government, Congress had said Muslims have the first right to the country's assets. This means the assets will be distributed among people who have more children and infiltrators. Should people's hard earned money be distributed among infiltrators?"

"Congress' manifesto is stating that they will calculate the gold of mothers and sisters and then distribute those people, who were called by Manmohan Singh-ji as the first claimants to the country's assets

"This kind of an Urban Naxal thought won't spare the Mangalsutras of women. They will reach this far, I will tell you," the Prime Minister said.

Modi referred to a 2006 speech by then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during a National Development Council meeting on financial properties of the government.

Singh had said, "I believe our collective priorities are clear: agriculture, irrigation and water resources, health, education, critical investment in rural infrastructure, and the essential public investment needs of general infrastructure, along with programmes for the upliftment of SC/STs, Other Backward Classes, minorities, and women and children.

"The component plans for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes will need to be revitalised. We will have to devise innovative plans to ensure that minorities, particularly the Muslim minority, are empowered to share equitably in the fruits of development. They must have the first claim on resources. The Centre has a myriad of other responsibilities whose demands will have to be fitted within the overall resource availability."

Slamming the Prime Minister, Congress top leader Rahul Gandhi has claimed Modi is trying to divert people's attention from important issues after disappointment in the first phase of voting.

Rahul posted on X, "After the disappointment in the first phase of voting, the level of Narendra Modi's lies has fallen so much that out of fear, he now wants to divert the attention of the public from the issues.

"Trends have started coming in regarding the immense support that Congress's 'Revolutionary Manifesto' is receiving. The country will now vote on its issues, vote for its employment, its family and its future. India will not go astray!"


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