The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a notice to the Election Commission (EC) on a petition filed against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah over alleged violations of the Model Code of Conduct during campaigning.
The court will hear the matter on May 2.
PM Modi and Amit Shah have been accused of making “hate speeches” and “using” the armed forces for “political propaganda” during their Lok Sabha poll campaigns.
Congress MP Sushmita Dev had on Monday filed a petition before the Supreme Court seeking urgent and necessary directions to the Election Commission (EC) to take a decision on the complaints filed against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah over alleged violations of electoral laws during campaigning.
The Congress claimed that the two leaders have used military operations as propaganda during the election campaign but the poll panel did not act against them despite various complaints.
The Congress had earlier moved the Election Commission against PM Modi and Shah for allegedly “dragging” the armed forces in politics repeatedly.
PM Modi while addressing a rally in Maharashtra’s Latur had reportedly asked first-time voters to dedicate their votes to those who carried out the air strike in Balakot and the slain jawans of Pulwama terror attack.
The EC has been claiming that it was reviewing the speech.
The EC had in March advised parties to desist from indulging in any political propaganda involving activities of defence forces.