New Delhi: Rahul Gandhi, who was booked for
alleged violation of the model code of conduct by UP
authorities in Kanpur, has not committed any illegality and
legitimate campaign is a fundamental part of free
democratic right, Congress said tonight.
"There is no question of any illegality. Legitimate
campaign is a fundamental part of free democratic right,"
Congress spokesman Abhishek Singhvi said reacting to the
registration of an FIR against Rahul for allegedly breaching
the time limit and the route for his roadshow set by election
Singhvi, a senior advocate who was consulted by Gandhi
and his secretary Kanishka Singh, said "appropriate legal
proceedings shall be taken in this regard."
He said Gandhi`s programme in Kanpur had been planned
Today morning, he said, Gandhi wrote to the authorities
that he was conducting neither a procession nor a rally in
Kanpur and he was only doing a `Jan Sampark` programme.
"After that, a letter was sent today but there was no
response from the authorities. Hence, Rahul Gandhi started his
mass contact programme. Thereafter, it was not possible to
change mid-stream," he said.
His remarks came after District Magistrate Hari Om said
in Kanpur that an FIR has been filed against Gandhi and city
Congress chief Mahesh Dikshit.
They were booked under Section 188 of IPC for violating
prohibitory orders (Section 144) imposed in the city and under
Sections 283 (danger or obstruction in public way) and 290