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New Delhi, Apr 29:  The Election Commission will meet on Tuesday to take up the model code violation complaints against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and BJP president Amit Shah.

The EC announcement to hear the complaints comes on a day the Supreme Court agreed to hear a Congress MP’s plea seeking direction to the Election Commission to decide without any “demur” the complaints against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah on their alleged hate speeches and using armed forces for “political propaganda”.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi took note of the submissions of senior advocate A M Singhvi that the plea of Sushmita Dev, Congress Lok Sabha MP from Silchar in Assam and President of ‘All India Mahila Congress’, be accorded an urgent hearing as EC has not taken any decision on complaints of model code of conduct (MCC) violations against Modi and Shah.

Dev alleged that “inaction” by EC on complaints against top BJP leaders was “a sign of invidious discrimination” and was “arbitrary, capricious and impermissible” as it was destructive of the integrity of electoral process.

Singhvi, along with lawyer Sunil Fernandes, alleged that BJP leaders have been violating MCC during last four weeks and the EC has not taken any decisions on as many as 40 complaints of Congress party.

Earlier today, a Congress delegation led by Abhishek Manu Singhvi, met Election Commission officials demanding a ban on Prime Minister Narendra Modi from campaigning for 48 to 72 hours for allegedly violating the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) several times.

“Today, we raised three important issues with the EC. The main concern was the Prime Minister’s speeches on armed forces, where he has been dragging the services into politics. This is unconstitutional. The Prime Minister is asking for votes in exchange for the 40 brave jawans who died in Pulwama and the airstrike by the IAF in Balakot,” Singhvi told reporters here after the meeting with EC officials. 

PTI

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