No poll code violation in PM Modi saying he had kept Pakistan on toes for safe release of IAF pilot: EC

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 04 May 2019, 09:16 PM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (File Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (File Photo)

The Election Commission on Saturday gave clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his Patan speech in which he claimed that his government had kept Pakistan on toes for safe release of IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman.

The commission concluded that PM Modi has not violated the model code or its advisory on armed forces in his speech in Gujarat's Patan city on April 21.

This is the sixth speech of the prime minister which has been cleared by the poll panel is the last few days.

On Friday, PM Modi concluded that PM Modi did not violate the model code or its advisory on armed forces in his speech in Varanasi. 

It also found nothing wrong in his comments made in Nanded, Maharashtra where he reportedly dubbed the Congress as a 'sinking Titanic'.

In his Nanded speech, Modi had reportedly said that the Congress today is like Titanic ship which is sinking. All those who are in the ship like the Nationalist Congress Party are either sinking or jumping off to escape, he had reportedly said.

Targeting Rahul Gandhi, he had said that the Congress chief has traced a seat using microscope from which he can take on the BJP.

Modi was apparently referring to the Wayanad seat in Kerala from where Rahul is contesting, besides Amethi in Uttar Pradesh.

He had reportedly said that in Wayanad, the country's majority is in minority.

Referring to Modi's Varanasi speech on April 25, where he had gone to file his nomination for Lok Sabha elections, the EC said a detailed report of the Chief Electoral Officer, Uttar Pradesh was obtained.

The Election Commission had on Thursday given a clean chit to Modi, saying he did not violate the model code of conduct during his election speech in Rajasthan's border town of Barmer where he invoked the armed forces and said that India's nuclear button was not kept to be used for Diwali.

Earlier, the EC had had found nothing wrong in the prime minister's speech at Wardha on April 1 where he attacked Congress chief Rahul Gandhi for contesting from minority-dominated Wayanad seat. It has also cleared the PM for his appeal to first-time voters by invoking the Balakot air strikes and the Pulwama martyrs in Latur on April 9.

First Published: Saturday, May 04, 2019 08:46 PM
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