J&K polls: Congress asks EC to take action against PM Modi

Congress on Tuesday complained to Election Commission against Prime Minister Narendra Modi accusing him of dragging the Army into political controversy in violation of Model Code of Conduct during his campaign in the Kashmir Valley.

New Delhi: Congress on Tuesday complained to Election Commission against Prime Minister Narendra Modi accusing him of dragging the Army into political controversy in violation of Model Code of Conduct during his campaign in the Kashmir Valley.

"Bringing Army into political controversy or in election campaign is highly objectionable and in violation of Model Code of Conduct.... Immediate stern action may be taken against Modi and BJP for the violation," K C Mittal, Secretary to the AICC's Legal Department told the Commission, referring to the incident in Budgam about which Modi has spoken.

Accusing the Prime Minister of "not even sparing" Army from being dragged into political arena, he said, "We are proud of our defence forces and also their capability and competence to do justice to people, even if any of their officer is at fault. The forces have maintained high standards and discipline while dealing with civilians."

Congress alleged that the Prime Minister has used the Budgam incident as an "electoral tool for political purposes to mischievously take all credit which is against all norms of administrative prudence, ethics and decency".

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