Indian General Elections

PM Modi Receives Clean Chit From Election Commission On Complaint Over 'Brashtachari No.1' Remark On Former PM Rajiv Gandhi

Written By Monica Aggarwal | Mumbai | Published:

The Election Commission on Tuesday has given a clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his “Brashtachari No.1” remarks on former PM Rajiv Gandhi. The poll body responded to the complaint filed by activist Tehseen Poonawallah seeking "strictest action” against PM Modi over the remarks against the former PM. 

Responding to the complaint, the Election Commission said that it did not figure out any violation of Model Code of Conduct in the Prime Minister's speech and further disposed off the case.

"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.

Read the complaint by Tehseen Poonawalla here:

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Earlier on Tuesday, Congress National Spokesperson and Lok Sabha candidate for Silachar constituency, Sushmita Dev filed an additional affidavit in the Supreme Court questioning the clean chit given by the Election Commission to PM Modi and BJP president Amit Shah for all 'controversial' comments made at their many 2019 Lok Sabha election rallies, including mentions of the remarks made by the Prime Minister citing his predecessor Rajiv Gandhi which have triggered a huge controversy. 

The affidavit mentioned the Prime Minister's 'bhrashtachari' comment on late former PM Rajiv Gandhi, calling it obscene/derogatory and unbecoming of the high office he holds.

Controversy triggered over comments made by PM Modi on Rajiv Gandhi while addressing an election rally in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday. 

"Your father was termed 'Mr. Clean' by his courtiers, but his life ended as 'Bhrashtachari No 1' (corrupt number 1). By hurling abuses, you cannot turn the 50 long years of Modi's Tapasya (struggle) into dust. By tarnishing my image and by making me look small, these people want to form an unstable and a weak government in the country " PM Modi had said during the rally.

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