New Delhi: The Election Commission on Saturday gave a clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his Gujarat speech in which he had claimed that the Indian government had kept Pakistan on its toes to ensure the safe return of its pilot Captain Abhinandan Varthaman. This is the sixth clean chit to Modi by the poll watchdog. Sources said the decision on the April 21 Patan speech was unanimous.
Here are the last five instances where the poll watchdog ECI had given a clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi against the alleged poll code violations.
- April 1: At a rally in Wardha in Maharashtra, the Prime Minister attacked Congress chief Rahul Gandhi for contesting from the minority-dominated Wayanad seat in Kerala.
“Leaders of that party are now scared of contesting from constituencies dominated by the majority (Hindu) population… It is evident from the fact that one has to contest a seat where the minority is majority,” Modi said at the rally.
The Congress had filed a complaint in this regard.
- April 6: In his Nanded speech, Modi had reportedly said that the Congress today is like the sinking Titanic ship. All those who are in the ship, like the Nationalist Congress Party, are either sinking or jumping off to escape. Targeting Rahul Gandhi, he had said that the Congress chief had managed to zoom in on a seat using a microscope from which he can take on the BJP. Modi was apparently referring to the Wayanad seat in Kerala from where Gandhi is contesting, besides Amethi in Uttar Pradesh. He had reportedly said that in Wayanad, the country's majority is in minority. The election body found nothing wrong with his remarks.
- April 9: Modi appealed to first-time voters in Latur in Maharashtra by invoking the Balakot airstrike and the CRPF jawans killed in the Pulwama terror attack.
The PM said, “I want to tell the first-time voters: Can your first vote be dedicated to the ‘veer jawans’,” and “Can your first vote be dedicated to the ‘veer shaheed’ (brave martyrs) of Pulwama.”
The CPI-M had filed a complaint in this regard to the EC.
- April 21: Modi, at an election rally in Barmer in Rajasthan said that India's nuclear weapons were not kept for Diwali.
India has stopped the policy of getting scared of Pakistan’s threats. Every other day they used to say we have nuclear button, we have nuclear button. What do we have then? Have we kept it for Diwali? Modi had said.
- April 25: Addressing a rally in Varanasi, Modi had stressed on national security, saying a new India gives a befitting reply to terrorism. At the meeting after a massive show of strength in his Lok Sabha constituency, Modi said his government had dealt effectively against terrorism. In an apparent reference to the Balakot air strike after Pakistan-based militants killed 40 paramilitary men in Pulwama, he said the world now backed India in its fight against terror.
In the past five years, no terrorist attacks have taken place. It has shrunk to a few parts of Jammu and Kashmir. In Pulwama, they killed 40 of our jawans. After the attack, around 42 terrorists have been eliminated in Pulwama. This is our working style. For a prosperous India, security is important.PM Modi said in Varanasi
Again, the EC had found nothing wrong in the prime minister's speech and gave him a clean chit, although according to Model Code of Conduct (MCC) rules, the speeches were liable for penalty.