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Election Commission warns Maneka Gandhi over her ‘ABCD’ formula remark

The Union minister was elected from Pilibhit parliamentary constituency and her son from Sultanpur Lok Sabha seat in the 2014 general elections. They have swapped the constituencies this time.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 29, 2019 3:07:49 pm
Union minister Maneka Gandhi at the Parliament house in New Delhi. (Express Photo by Prem Nath Pandey/File)

The Election Commission on Monday censured Union minister Maneka Gandhi for the “ABCD formula” that she said will be used out to categorise villages where the BJP will carry out development work based on the percentage of votes the party would get from those villages.

During an election rally in Sultanpur’s Pilibhit, Gandhi described A category villages where the BJP gets more than 80 per cent votes, B with over 60 per cent, C with over 50 per cent and D with less than 50 per cent. She said the A category villages will be developed first.

The EC in its letter to Gandhi, said that “based on the available evidence and material facts in the matter before EC, hereby, strongly condemns the impugned statements made by her (on 14 April in Sultanpur’s Sarkoda village) and warns her not to repeat such misconduct in future”.

Earlier this month, Gandhi stirred controversy by telling a crowd that she will not be inclined to help Muslims if they do not vote for her in the upcoming polls. “I am winning the election… With the help and love of people. But if I win without help from Muslims, the feelings are soured. Then when Muslims come seeking jobs, I will think let it be, what difference does it make? After all, jobs are a kind of trade. We are not like Mahatma Gandhi — that we will keep on giving, and then keep getting beaten in elections,” Gandhi had said.

The EC had barred the minister from campaigning for two days following that speech.

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