The Election Commission (EC) Thursday said Congress chief Rahul Gandhi’s interaction with students at a women’s college in Tamil Nadu did not violate the model code of conduct. However, the poll watchdog has sought a report on his speech.
Satyabrata Sahoo, Tamil Nadu’s Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), said local election officials have reported there was no violation in terms of permission acquired by Stella Maris College for Women to host the interaction on March 13.
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Sahoo said the District Electoral Officer (DEO) informed him “there was permission” for Gandhi’s event. “So, there is no violation of MCC.” However, he sought additional information on Gandhi’s speech and requested the DEO to give a report based on the speech content.
Earlier, the state government had ordered an inquiry into how the college approved Gandhi to interact with its students when the model code for elections was in force. The Director of Collegiate Education, R Sarumathi, had directed a subordinate official to inquire into the matter.
In his interaction with students of Stella Maris College, the Congress chief had said he had “genuine” affection for Narendra Modi and he expressed it when he hugged the Prime Minister when he was “very angry” in Parliament. He had said people who do not have affection towards others are the ones who are not loved. “That is why he (Modi) generates anger,” Rahul said.
When students asked him about economic growth and what he is going to do if his party is elected to power, he had said economic growth is impossible in a fearful atmosphere. “We will change the mood of the country…”
When a student asked him why he did not speak about his brother-in-law Robert Vadra when he targeted Nirav Modi and Vijay Mallya, Rahul had said, “…investigate Robert Vadra but also investigate Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”