Register FIR against Modi, Congress delegation tells EC

National | Dec. 13, 2017, 9:50 p.m.

New Delhi, Dec 13: An angry Congress delegation met Election Commission late Wednesday night demanding that FIR be registered against PM Narendra Modi for violating Gujarat election model code of conduct. The delegation also demanded that FIRs be registered against Union ministers Arun Jaitley, Piyush Goyal and BJP president Amit Shah for speaking to media after the end of poll campaign for the second phase of Gujarat elections. This follows EC notice to Congress President for giving interviews to TV Channels

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The Election Commission on Wednesday issued a notice to Congress President Rahul Gandhi for giving interviews to TV news channels. Terming the interviews as violation of election model code of conduct, the EC has asked Rahul why action should not be taken against him for violating the model code. Rahul has been given time till 5pm on 18th December to submit his reply to the notice.  

The EC also directed the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Gujarat to lodge FIRs against TV channels that aired Congress President elect Rahul Gandhis interview as "it violated the law".

The "display of such election matter" within 48 hours of the time decided for the conclusion of campaign "amounts to violation of Section 126(1)(b) of the Representation of People Act, 1951", the poll panel said.

"The Commission after due deliberations has, therfore, directed the CEO of Gujarat to initiate necessary action by filing FIR against those who have violated the above mentioned provisions in phase 2 of the polls to be held on December 14," it said.

News24Bureau/IANS

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