BJP complains to EC about Mistry's 'vulgar' remarks against Sushma Swaraj

Ahmedabad: BJP complained to the Election Commission here on Sunday, seeking action against Congress Lok Sabha candidate from Vadodara Madhusudan Mistry for his alleged "loose and vulgar statements" against Sushma Swaraj.

"Madhusudan Mistry has crossed all permissible limits of law by making loose and vulgar statements against the dignity of women," a complaint filed by BJP's state president R C Faldu reads.

Mistry had allegedly made remarks against BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and controversial remarks against senior party leader Sushma Swaraj.

The BJP complaint quoted Mistry's remarks - "First of all, she should get a medical examination done and let us know if there is any good news" - in response to Swaraj's statement that there are chances of "good news".

In its complaint, the BJP alleged that Mistry's statement is "vulgar and intended to tarnish the image of a woman who herself is an elderly person".

"The Election Commission specifically provides that there shall be no appeal on grounds of caste, creed, community, religion and gender," BJP's complaint said.

The party has accused Mistry of making statements contravening provisions of the Model Code of Conduct, the Representation of People's Act (RPS) and the Indian Penal Code.

The BJP has demanded to action against Mistry for making statements under Section 505 and making provocative remarks under Section 153 of the Indian Penal Code.

The party has also sought action against him under Section 125(A) of the RPA for promoting enmity between two classes in connection with the election and under Section 123(3) which stands for asking votes by a candidate on the ground of caste, religion, race or class.

Mistry could not be reached for his response.

PTI
First Published: Monday, April 14, 2014, 00:11
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