Congress moves EC, demands stern action against BJP

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New Delhi, February 2: Ahead of assembly polls in five states, the Congress party on Thursday moved the Election Commission (EC) against two BJP leaders Keshav Prasad Maurya and Subramanian Swamy for violating model code of conduct.

In a complaint to the poll panel K.C. Mittal, Secretary, Legal and Human Rights Department of Congress, said that Uttar Pradesh BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya and BJP MP Subraminan Swamy had made remarks soliciting votes in the name of religion and demanded “stern action” against the party.

Mittal pointed out that Maurya raked up the “contentious issue” of Ram temple and talked about its construction after assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh. It further cites how after Maurya’s remarks, BJP MP Subramanian Swamy welcomed the statement of Maurya publicly.

“The statements made by Maurya as well as Dr. Subramanian Swamy are in utter defiance of the instructions issued by the Commission and amount to soliciting votes in the name of religion,” the party said.

Congress also highlighted that such statements were in violation of the observations made by the Supreme Court. It accused BJP for raking up religious card to solicit votes in the name of religion in its manifesto.

As such, the Commission may be pleased to take stern action against BJP and their leaders and be restrained from addressing any rally, public or corner meetings or hold conferences during the operation of MCC (model code of conduct),” the party said.

Earlier Congress had complained to the Election Commission on January 25 against Maurya for his remarks concerning construction of Ram temple at Ayodhya.

The polling for assembly elections in five states (Punjab, Goa, Manipur, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh ) are beginning from February 4.

Wefornews Bureau

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