The Congress has suffered a major blow in its attempt to take its complaints against PM Modi and Amit Shah's election speeches to the Supreme Court which has rejected party MP Sushmita Dev's plea in the matter.
The apex court has agreed with the Election Commission's argument that it has already decided on the complaints listed by Sushmita Dev.
The plea's dismissal comes just a day after Dev had filed an additional affidavit in the court questioning the clean chit given by the EC to PM Modi and BJP president Amit Shah for all 'controversial' comments said in their many rallies.
In her affidavit, apart from listing the EC action against specific instances from Modi and Shah's speeches, she had also included the Prime Minister's controversial “Brashtachari No.1” remarks against his predecessor Rajiv Gandhi. Hours after her petition was filed, the Election Commission cleared the speech in question.
"The speech mentioned in the complaint has been examined with a view to identify instances of violation of the model code of conduct. Prima facie, we did not figure out any literal violation of MCC as given in Election Commission of India instructions. The case is therefore disposed off," the Election Commission said in response to the complaint.
Also on Tuesday, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had written a blog post titled "Model Code of Conduct Does Not Take Away the Right to Free Speech" in which he had argued that 'of late, a tendency has developed amongst the political parties to excessively allege violation of the MCC by their opponents', and had gone on to call the Congress party the 'cry-baby' of these elections.
Sushmita Dev's affidavit had given a comparison of the provocative statements said by other political leaders like Yogi Adityanath, Mayawati, Pragya Thakur, Maneka Gandhi, and others during rallies and the action taken by the EC varying from sending notice to imposing a timed ban on campaigning.
It had listed the following alleged violations regarding PM Modi and Amit Shah (apart from the Rajiv Gandhi remarks):