The Election Commission on Monday granted Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi three more days to respond to its show cause notice for his alleged remarks that if BJP comes to power, 22,000 people will be killed in violence.
The Commission had asked Rahul to respond to the notice by Monday morning. But on his request, the Commission extended the deadline till the morning of May 15, sources in EC said.
The BJP had moved the EC against Rahul for his remarks. The EC had reminded Rahul of the provision in the Model Code which states that no party or candidate would indulge in any activity which may aggravate existing differences or create mutual hatred.
The Home Ministry had sent a panel of three senior IAS officers to pick from and Negi's name is not in the list.
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