Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: The Election Commission on Friday issued a show cause notice to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for his alleged remarks that 22,000 people will be killed if BJP comes to power.
According to the notice, addressing an election rally in Solan, Himachal Pradesh on May 1, Rahul had reportedly said: "People from Japan ask me...They say we are scared over one issue. We will help you, we will prepare roads. But we are scared whether there will be peace...They say whether people of India will fight with each other or not?
This fear is there in our lives as well. If there is BJP, there will be violence. If there is BJP, 22,000 people will die, because they spread anger...This question was never raised before."
The notice further said, "The Commission is, prima facie, of the opinion that by making the...Statement you (Rahul) have violated...Provisions of the Model Code of Conduct."
The EC has asked Rahul to submit his response by May 12, the last day of polling during the ongoing polls.
The BJP had moved the EC against Gandhi for his remarks. It had provided the Commission with CD of his speech and newspaper clippings.
The EC reminded Gandhi of the provision in the Model Code which states that no party or candidate would indulge in any activity which may aggravate existing differences or create mutual hatred.
The show cause notice also referred to the provision which refrains parties and candidates making distorted or unverified allegations and limit their criticism to policies and programmes of rival parties.
With agency inputs