Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi is understood to have denied violation of the model code of conduct in his reply to the Election Commission`s show cause notice. He was issued notice for his reported remarks that if BJP comes to power, 22,000 people will be killed in violence.
As per reports, Rahul is learnt to have told the poll panel that he was only referring to the perception of the people about BJP and did not violate the model code of conduct, sources said.
Rahul had made these comments while addressing a rally in Solan in Himachal Pradesh on May 1.
According to the notice issued by the EC on May 9, 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," Rahul said.
BJP had moved the EC against Gandhi for his remarks.
The EC had 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 from making distorted or unverified allegations and limit their criticism to policies and programmes of rival parties, PTI reported.
The Commission had asked Rahul to respond to the notice by Tuesday. But on Gandhi`s request, the Commission extended the deadline till the morning of May 15.
The last day of voting for 2014 Lok Sabha polls was May 12. The counting of votes is scheduled for May 16.
With PTI inputs