Election Commission Seeks Report On PM Modi’s Sabarimala Remark

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Election 2019: The CPI(M) had written to the Election Commission on PM Narendra Modi's remark.

New Delhi:

The Election Commission on Thursday said it has asked for a report on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks on Sabarimala and is examining another report on Congress chief Rahul Gandhi's ''chowkidar chor hai'' jibe against the Prime Minister.

During a rally, PM Modi had said that the Left and the Muslim League were playing a dangerous game over Sabarimala, and are initiating "to strike at the root of faith and aspiration".

Reports of Rahul Gandhi's remarks at two media interactions are being examined by the poll panel, Deputy Election Commissioner Chandra Bhushan Kumar told reporters during a briefing on the second phase of the Lok Sabha polls, which was completed on Thursday.

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While the BJP had moved the Election Commission on Rahul Gandhi's remarks, the CPI (M) had written to the poll watchdog on the prime minister's statement.

Responding to a question on the decision on PM Modi's remarks on the Balakot airstrike and Pulwama terror attack, he said the Latur administration in Maharashtra had only sent one paragraph of the speech.Now the entire transcript has been received by the Election Commission and its is being examined, Mr Kumar said.

In a rally in Ausa in Mahrashtra's Latur district recently, PM Modi had said, "Can your first vote be dedicated to those who carried out the air strike."

"I want to tell the first-time voters: can your first vote be dedicated to the veer jawans (valiant soldiers) who carried out the air strike in Pakistan). Can your first vote be dedicated to the veer shaheed (brave martyrs) of Pulwama (terror attack)," he had said.

The report was sought in the context of an Election Commission advisory issued last month asking parties to desist from indulging in political propaganda involving actions of the armed forces.

"…parties/candidates are advised that their campaigners/candidates should desist, as part of their election campaigning, from indulging in any political propaganda involving activities of defence forces," the commission had said on March 19.

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