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Cong complains to EC over 'politicisation' of armed forces, Maneka's remarks on Muslims

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The on Friday moved the Election Commission against for allegedly "dragging" the armed forces in the political domain and over Maneka Gandhi's remarks on Muslims.

The also made representations to the poll panel against a on Modi, Smriti Irani's "contradictory affidavits" on her educational qualifications, alleged "hate speeches" by BJP leaders, malfunction of EVMs, and complaint against for violation of election guidelines in Bihar's Munger.

A delegation comprising Ahmed Patel, K C Venugopal, Jairam Ramesh, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, and Shaktisinh Gohil, made the representations to the and demanded immediate action.

The Congress raised the issue of the remarks made by with EC, Surjewala told reporters.

The party demanded that an FIR be registered against and cancel her nomination, Surjewala said.

Addressing an election rally on Thursday in Uttar Pradesh's Sultanpur, Gandhi told Muslims to vote for her as they will need her once the elections are over.

"We are not Mahatma Gandhi's children that we keep giving and not get anything in return," she said in Muslim-dominated Turabkhani area of the constituency.

The Congress also asked the to issue directions to the for "deliberately" invoking defence personnel during his speech in Latur, Maharashtra, as a part of his election campaign propaganda.

"PM Modi, (Amit Shah) and other leaders of the ruling party are shamelessly and openly, for the first time in 70 years, dragging the forces into cheap politics," Singhvi told reporters outside the EC's office here.

"Dragging the armed forces in political crossfire, asking for votes and doing cheap (using the forces), only and have done this," he said.

Singhvi said the Congress has asked the to stop such violations and also requested the Commission to not just censure or pull up those violating the Model Code of Conduct (MCC), but dock the person guilty of violation a day of campaigning.

"If the person makes another violation, he/she should be barred from two days of campaigning, similarly three and four days for third and fourth violation," he said.

Singhvi said the EC should also put a stop on the on Modi, citing the Commission's order stalling a biopic on the

The Congress also complained to the poll panel on alleged "hate speeches" of Modi, Shah and Chief Minister during their rallies in Nanded, and Meerut, respectively, on April 9.

"At all three of the aforementioned rallies, the concerned individuals employed the use of hateful, communal and divisive language against the and its Rahul Gandhi," the party said in its memorandum submitted to the EC.

"As evidenced by the events of the last month, these individuals will not be silenced by a simple censure or rebuke...We hope that the ECI appreciates the seriousness and on this occasion, intervenes decisively," the Congress said.

The party also demanded urgent and necessary directions to all chief electoral officers, booth level officers and other election officials to ensure proper functioning of EVMs during the polls.

It urged the EC to initiate immediate investigation into the malfunctioning of EVMs and other issues reported from various states during the first phase of polling on April 11.

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First Published: Fri, April 12 2019. 22:15 IST