PM Modi gets clean chit in two more cases from Election Commission: Report

New Delhi, Agencies | Updated : 06 May 2019, 11:56 PM
The Congress had alleged that PM Modi held a ‘roadshow’ in Ahmedabad on April 23. (File Photo)
The Congress had alleged that PM Modi held a ‘roadshow’ in Ahmedabad on April 23. (File Photo)

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has reportedly given clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in two more cases, people privy to the development said on Monday.

The Congress had alleged that PM Modi held a ‘roadshow’ in Ahmedabad on April 23 and the sources said the commission has concluded that the prime minister did not violate the model code and the election law.

They said that the commission has also cleared PM Modi for his April 9 speech at Chitradurga in Karnataka where he had reportedly asked new voters to dedicate their vote for the heroes of the Balakot air strike.

On the same day, he had made a similar appeal in Ausa in Latur district of Maharashtra. The EC had given a clean chit to him in that case as well, but one of the election commissioners had given a dissenting view in the matter.

Though the commission has so far not made the two decisions public, with these decisions, Modi has been given a clean chit in eight matters. 

The poll authorities in Gujarat are learnt to have maintained that prima facie no violation was found.

The Congress had moved the EC alleging that Modi took out a "roadshow" after casting his vote and made political remarks in violation of the Model Code of Conduct.

After casting his vote in Ahmedabad, PM Modi walked some distance from the polling booth and interacted briefly with media persons.

Earlier, the EC had cleared six speeches of PM Modi, two of Shah and one of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi.

Gandhi had been issued a show cause notice for his Madhya Pradesh speech in which he had reportedly said that the government has enacted a new law which allows tribals to be shot.

On March 19, the EC had issued an advisory asking parties not to invoke armed forces in their political campaign.

The commission has now submitted a report to the Supreme Court of the cases related to Modi and Shah that it has disposed. Alleging delay on EC's part, the Congress had moved the top court for a remedy.

The matter would come up for hearing on Wednesday.

First Published: Monday, May 06, 2019 11:28 PM
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