New Delhi, Jan 18: Congress on Wednesday demanded strong action against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP for violation of Model Code of Conduct for imploring “Bhagwan Ram” and “Hanuman” at an event.
All Indian Congress Committee Secretary K.C. Mittal submitted the complaint to Election Commission of India. It also demanded that the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) poll symbol “must be cancelled and withdrawn”.
“On January 12, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the inaugural event of ‘Ramayana Darshanam Exhibition’ at Vivekanand Kendra, Kanyakumari, via video conferencing,” the complaint said.
“The Prime Minister found this an occasion to utilise the event as a part of election campaign in the name of religion by invoking and making statements regarding ‘Bhagwan Shri Ram’, ‘Ayodhya’, ‘Ram Rajya’, ‘Hanumanji’ and ‘Bharat’ repeatedly,” the complaint submitted to Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi and others read.
Earlier, Prime Minister purposely named Shri Ram, Hanuman and other characters from Ramayana and also compared the policies of his government with that of Shir Ram.
“The whole idea and tenor of his speech were to invoke religion to further the election prospects of the BJP and their candidates in poll-bound five states, particularly in Uttar Pradesh and other states generally,” it added.
Congress in its complaint highlighted the photograph of Prime Minister during video conferencing where an Ashoka symbol can be seen along with the slogan “Rama became Lord Rama when he empowered the poor”. The Congress claimed this was used with an eye to the poll campaign in poll-bound states.
“It is, therefore, requested that the Commission may be pleased to take immediate ‘stern action’ against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and issue appropriate orders and direction since the BJP and their prominent representatives have been flouting the Model Code of Conduct repeatedly,” the complaint read.
“It is an appropriate case where the symbol of BJP may be cancelled and withdrawn,” it added.