Sonia’s appeal to Muslim leaders violation of Model Code: BJP

BJP termed Sonia Gandhi's appeal to Muslim leaders a violation of the Model Code of Conduct and asked the EC to take suo motu note of it.

New Delhi | Published:April 2, 2014 7:44 pm
Sonia was accompanied by Rahul as she filed her nomination from the Rae Bareli seat. Sonia was accompanied by Rahul as she filed her nomination from the Rae Bareli seat.

Taking strong objection to Sonia Gandhi’s appeal to Muslim leaders to ensure their votes are not split, BJP today termed it is a violation of the Model Code of Conduct and asked the Election Commission to take suo motu note of it.

The principal opposition party also accused Congress of playing communal politics and dubbed the ruling party as “pseudo secularist”. Making such an appeal to the minority community was an insult to Muslims as everyone had the right to exercise their franchise independently and not on the basis of religion, BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.

“This is an insult to Muslims. Congress’ communal politics is exposed, because when yesterday a Muslim delegation under the leadership of (Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed) Bukhari met Sonia Gandhi, the Congress President appealed to them to ensure that their votes are not split.

“This is absolute communal politics on display. This is absolutely unacceptable. This is also a violation of the Code of Conduct also because you cannot appeal to voters on the basis of religion and caste. We expect the Election Commission to take suo motu cognisance of this appeal,” Javadekar said.

He said in a democracy every person is free to vote according to his or her conscience and not on the basis of religion. “That is the vote bank politics Congress is indulging in. This is what Congress is and stands completely exposed,” he said, challenging it for a debate on secularism.

Javadekar said, “Here is a new definition of secularism. We are seeking votes in the name of the country – for progress, for good governance. We are called communal. And those, everybody who seeks votes in the name of religion and caste, they are called secularists.

This is absolutely a perverted definition of secularisms. They are not secularists, they are pseudo secularists.”

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    rohit mall
    Apr 3, 2014 at 10:16 am
    Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth, and every man has a right to knock him down for it. developement in Gujarat was due to the small businessmen and traders,not by Modi effort. and Congress believed in empowering these sections of society while BJP believed in dividing people.
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      rohit mall
      Apr 3, 2014 at 10:05 am
      if BJP are involve in communalism in india they why they are taking excuse about that.this is BJP dirty party, they know that people of india will not support them so they start there old copy paste politics,
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        rohit mall
        Apr 3, 2014 at 10:41 am
        things are now change, world change, road change, environment change, name change but some people and party like BJP thoughts will never change..
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          Sagar Mishra
          Apr 3, 2014 at 10:28 am
          Modi's communal stand is confusing,BJP does't took convinced about the upcoming polls themselves, the country knows how communal they are.
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            Suman pandey
            Apr 3, 2014 at 10:18 am
            BJP is responsible for communalism in india,modi is not Good for nation and know that, they does't want any riots in india, they will not support any disastrous person .
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              Suman pandey
              Apr 3, 2014 at 10:08 am
              people will not support any divisive party in election.What sacrifice did BJPleaders make for the country. And what sacrifice did those in earlier Jan Sangh make for the country ? We should not allow these people to succeed,
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                Vivek shah
                Apr 3, 2014 at 10:10 am
                The congress prefers common-looking people of Minority. That is the reason that He makes so many of them.this is BJP's dirty politics, peoples are feeling inconvenience not. please bring change throw acceptance not by arrogance..
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                  Vivek shah
                  Apr 3, 2014 at 10:22 am
                  secularism is the moto of India and congress party, people will not support any divisive party in locksabha election, BJP only playing politics game. every where they are searching evil in others party, only blame will not help both of them in locksabha election.
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