Bihar polls: On one day, Shah, Rahul, Lalu get EC notices for remarks

As the Bihar elections near climax, the Election Commission of India on Sunday issued notice to Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, BJP president Amit Shah and RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav for violating model code by their statements during poll campaign in Bihar.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: November 2, 2015 1:13:00 am
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Amid a campaign marked with bitterness, the Election Commission issued separate showcause notices Sunday to BJP president Amit Shah, the Congress’s Rahul Gandhi and RJD chief Lalu Prasad for statements that violate the model code. It has given them until November 4 to reply.

Shah has been asked to explain the statement he made on October 29 in West Champaran that crackers will be burst in Pakistan if his party loses in Bihar.

Rahul has been asked about his remark in Madhubani that implied that the BJP habitually drives a wedge between Hindus and Muslims.

Quoting from his election speech made on October 29 in Benipatti in Madhubani district, the Commission recalled that Rahul had said: “What is their plan B…make Indian fight another Indian. Wherever they go — UP, Maharashtra, Haryana — wherever there is an election, their army goes and they make Hindus fight the Muslims.”

And in a strongly worded notice to Lalu, the EC has pulled him up for not paying heed to its October 9 advisory of cleaning up the political discourse. It has asked him to explain why it should not act against him for repeatedly calling Shah a “narbhakshi (cannibal)” and PM Narendra Modi a “Brahma Pishach (super demon)”.

“…the Commission is, prima facie, of the opinion that by making the… statement which has the potential of disturbing harmony and aggravating the existing differences between social and religious communities, you have violated … provision of the Model Code of Conduct,” the notice, to Amit Shah, said.

Shah recently defended his Pakistan remark, saying it was an analogy to point out anti-national elements will rejoice at the BJP’s defeat.

The EC also “cautioned” JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav for his reported remarks to influence voters in the name of divine displeasure and said he should follow the provisions of the model code as he is a senior politician.

In its order, the EC rejected Yadav’s contention that the statement was made as an “emotive appeal” using a “hyperbole and metaphor”.

All the three leaders have been asked to respond to the EC notice by November 4.

[With PTI inputs]

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