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EC issues notice to Rahul Gandhi over remarks on tribals

Rahul Gandhi has been asked to reply to the EC notice within 48 hours

SNS | New Delhi |

The Election Commission of India sent a notice to Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday for alleged violation of the Model Code of Conduct over his remarks that the BJP government had made a new rule under which tribals could be shot. He has been asked to reply to the EC notice within 48 hours.

Gandhi made the comment while addressing a public meeting in Madhya Pradesh’s Sahadol on April 23. The poll panel said the statement violated the model code of conduct under Para (2) of part (1) of General Conduct of Model Code of COnduct for the guidance of Political Parties and Candidates.

The EC took the action on the complaint of Madhya Pradesh BJP leader Om Pathak and another person.

Addressing a public meeting in Sahadol on 23 April, the Congress president had said, “Now Narendra Modi has made a new law. For tribals a new law has been enacted, in which a line has been written that now tribals can be shot. In the new law it is written that tribals will be attacked, your lands will be taken, your forest will be taken, your water will be taken and then they say that tribals can be shot.”

Finding him guilty of violating the MCC, the poll panel has asked Rahul Gandhi to file his reply within 48 hours.