Responding to the Election Commission notice to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi demanding him to explain his ‘khooni panja’ remark,the party has sought a week more time to file the reply.
Modi,who was served with the EC notice on November 13,had been given time till morning today to reply as to why action should not be initiated against him for his “khooni panja” remarks,allegedly in reference to the Congress poll symbol,which is a picture of a hand.
“We have asked for one week’s more time from EC to reply to its notice to Modi as we have not been able to discuss the matter with him.
“Modi is busy in the last phase of the poll campaign in Chhattisgargh,” said BJP Vice-President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.
A copy of the video CD of Modi’s speech of November 7 in Dongargarh Rajnandgaon of Chhattisgarh was obtained by EC along with the remarks of the Returning Officer before the notice was served on the BJP prime ministerial candidate.
EC said in its notice that if no reply is received within the prescribed time,it will be presumed Modi has nothing to say. The Commission said it would then take appropriate action without any further reference to him.
The remark was made by Modi while addressing a rally in Dongargaon in Chhattisgarh on November 7. He had said,”Yadi aap chahte hain ki Chhattisgarh ke upar kisi khooni panje ka saya na pade to aap sabhi kamal mein button dabana aur Chhattisgarh kokhooni panje se bachana (If you want to save Chhattisgarh from the bloodied hand,then vote for BJP).”
Acting in tit-for-tat manner,the Congress filed a complaint with EC against Modi’s remark.
“What can be a more glaring example than this of the violation of the Model Code of Conduct. The language of BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi at recent rallies has crossed all limits. We will approach EC,” the Congress had said.
In the wake of politically charged atmosphere in poll-bound five states,both Congress and BJP have been accusing each other of violating model code of conduct.
BJP leaders had on October 29 petitioned the Election Commission complaining about Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi violating the Model Code of Conduct.
The poll watchdog has said that since the Model Code of Conduct was in force in Chhattisgarh in the run up to elections,criticism of other political parties is not permitted. Assembly polls in Chhattisgarh are being held in two phases,on November 11 and 19.
(With PTI inputs)
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