The Congress approached the Supreme Court, asking it to direct the Election Commission to speed up the decision on poll code violations by PM Modi and Amit Shah.
The crucial meeting will be held as the Supreme Court hears a Congress appeal to direct the commission to speed up the decision on poll code violations by PM Modi and Amit Shah.
Asked about the court hearing, Chandra Bhushan Kumar, the Deputy Election Commissioner, said, “This meeting to decide on these leaders’ violations was fixed earlier. We can’t comment on tomorrow’s court hearing”.
Another complaint is pending with the Commission for the Prime Minister’s mini roadshow and speech in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad, when he went there to vote last week. The Commission had sought a report on the matter from the Chief Election Officer of Gujarat.
The officials were also examining the complaint against BJP chief Amit Shah for dubbing the armed forces “Modi Sena” – a remark that army officers had objected to and wrote to the defence ministry.
Since then, a number of political leaders — including Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union minister Maneka Gandhi, Mayawati, Samajwadi Party’s Azam Khan and Congress’s Navjot Sidhu – were handed temporary bans from campaigning.
But contending that the Election Commission had not acted on the party’s complaints against PM Modi and Amit Shah for three weeks, the Congress had asked the top court this morning for a direction within 24 hours.
In her appeal, Congress lawmaker Sushmita Dev had said PM Modi and Mr Shah used “hate speech” at rallies to polarise voters, and referred to the operations by the armed forces in their “political propaganda” despite the poll body’s ban.