2019 polls: EC gives clean chit to Modi

New Delhi: The Election Commission has given clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in two more cases, sources aware of the development said Monday.

The Congress had alleged that he held a roadshow in Ahmedabad on 23 April and the sources said the commission has concluded that Modi did not violate the model code and the election law.

They said that the commission has also cleared Modi for his April 9 speech at Chitradurga in Karnataka where he had reportedly asked new voters to dedicate their vote for the heroes of the Balakot air strike.

On the same day, he had made a similar appeal in Ausa in Latur district of Maharashtra. The EC had given a clean chit to him in that case as well, but one of the election commissioners had given a dissenting view in the matter.

Though the commission has so far not made the two decisions public, with these decisions, Modi has been given a clean chit in eight matters. The poll authorities in Gujarat are learnt to have maintained that prima facie no violation was found.

The Congress had moved the EC alleging that Modi took out a roadshow after casting his vote and made political remarks in violation of the Model Code of Conduct.

After casting his vote in Ahmedabad, Modi walked some distance from the polling booth and interacted briefly with media persons.

The commission is also learnt to have cleared Congress leader Salman Khurshid’s ‘gaushala’ remarks against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, saying no violation was established. In Farrukhabad, Khurshid had recently challenged Adityanath for a debate. “It will be better if it takes place in a gaushala to find out if the cow is with him or me,” the lawyer-politician had reportedly said.

The BJP had moved the commission with a complaint. Earlier, the EC had cleared six speeches of Modi, two of Shah and one of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi.