Congress moves EC against Narendra Modi`s `khooni panja` comment

Congress approached the Election Commission on Saturday night asking it to take action against Narendra Modi`s `khooni panja` taunt against the party.

Updated: Nov 10, 2013, 12:34 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Congress approached the Election Commission on Saturday night asking it to take action against BJP`s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi`s `khooni panja` (bloodied hand) taunt against the party.

The move comes days after the Bharatiya Janata Party went to the EC against Rahul Gandhi`s remarks about ISI trying to recruit Muzaffarnagar riots victims. The comment by the Congress vice president had sparked a controversy with the election watchdog issuing a notice to Rahul. Rahul replied to the EC saying that he had not violated the model code of conduct.

Congress has accused Modi of making "intemperate, malicious and defamatory" remarks by referring to the hand symbol, as "khooni panja" and "jalim haath". In its petition to Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath, the party has said that the use of the term `khooni panja` was deplorable and could terrorise the public against Congress.

The Gujarat Chief Minister had made these comments at a rally at Dongargarh in Chhattisgarh on Thursday. The Congress has given a DVD of Modi`s speech and also clippings of a newspaper report to the EC.

While campaigning in the poll-bound Chhattisgarh, Modi had told the crowd that if they wanted that no shadow of the `khonni panja` should fall over the state then they should vote for the lotus (BJP`s election symbol) and save the state from such a hand.

According to the Congress, the BJP`s PM candidate had also urged the crowd not to give the reins of the state in `cruel hands`.

Chhattisgarh is due to go to the polls on November 11 and the BJP headed by Chief Minister Raman Singh is aiming a hat-trick in the state.