At a rally in Madhya Pradesh, Rahul Gandhi said PM Modi has devised a law to ‘shoot tribals’ and in response, the Election Commission served a notice to the Congress president.
The EC seeks a response from Rahul within 48 hours.
A statement from The EC states that the complaint was lodged by Neeraj and Om Pathak, members of the BJP’s Election Commission Committee.
According to the complaint, Gandhi had said, “Now, Narendra Modi has made a new law for Adivasis (tribals). In that law, there is a line that says that tribals can be shot dead. It is also mentioned that tribals can face encounters, their land can be stolen.”
EC had asked Madhya Pradesh’s Chief Electoral Officer in a letter dated April 30 regarding the complaint in response to which, the state CEO submitted a letter with his comments on the matter as well as the transcript of Gandhi’s Shahdol rally.
After examining the statement, EC found Rahul Gandhi’s statement is in violation of the Model Code of Conduct.
The EC also stated that if Gandhi fails to submit an explanation within 48 hours, it will take a decision “without further reference to him.”