Congress moves poll panel for action against Modis poisonous remark

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: Nov 30 2013, 10:00am hrs
Stung by Narendra Modis description of Congress as poisonous, the party has again moved the Election Commission seeking stern action against him, as well as two other BJP leaders including Vasundhara Raje.

In a detailed complaint to chief election commissioner VS Sampath on Thursday, the secretary of AICC legal department KC Mittal referred to a speech of Modi on November 25, in which he had said that no other party except Congress is in a position to spread poison since it was this party which had enjoyed power for sixty years, thereby storing the poison of power in it for all those years. Modis barb was apparently directed at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who had once said that his mother told him that power is poison.

These remarks by BJPs prime ministerial nominee also came after Sonia Gandhi, in an election rally, attacked the BJP for spreading rumours that the medicine being distributed by Congress government in Rajasthan was poisonous and said that the medicine is not poisonous, but those people who do not have any feelings for the poor are poisonous.

On October 10, 2013, Raje, while addressing a BJP seminar at Jaipur, said poison was being given in the name of medicine.

On November 23, BJPs Rajya Sabha member Bhupendra Yadav also attacked Congress for its advertisement on the free medicine scheme and said the state government was indeed distributing poison, and that Rajes remark was a reflection of the public sentiment, the party said in the petition.

Mittal said that the sequence of these events clearly established that the three BJP leaders did not confine themselves to the principles laid down in the Model Code of Conduct regarding the government policy, but instead made statements which are totally distorted and malicious.