Lok Sabha election: BJP moves Election Commission over Rahul Gandhi’s Rafale remarks following SC ruling

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Updated: April 12, 2019 3:11:21 PM

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday moved the Election Commission against Congress president Rahul Gandhi's remark against Prime Minister Narendra Modi following the Supreme Court ruling in the Rafale deal case.

BJP moves EC against Rahul Gandhi's remark on PM Modi (ANI Image)BJP moves EC against Rahul Gandhi’s remark on PM Modi (ANI Image)

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday moved the Election Commission against Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s remark against Prime Minister Narendra Modi following the Supreme Court ruling in the Rafale deal case. A delegation of the BJP including Union ministers Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Nirmala Sitharaman met the Election Commission officials and demanded action against the Congress president.

Speaking to reporters, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said, “Rahul Gandhi has crossed all limits by using such level of unparliamentary language for PM. He’s chief of Congress’s ‘gaali gang.’ Have demanded action be taken against his statements, which aren’t based on facts,” ANI quoted him as saying.

On April 10, the Supreme Court held that documents presented by petitioners in a case alleging irregularities in the Rafale deal with France could be admitted as evidence. The top court set aside the Centre’s objections that the documents were stolen and hence cannot be admitted as evidence. Soon after the top court’s ruling, Rahul Gandhi claimed vindication and used the development at the SC to target PM Modi.

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Addressing reporters in Amethi on April 10, Congress president had said that PM Narendra Modi committed a theft. “Now the SC has made it clear that ‘chowkidarji’ (watchman) has committed a theft,” said Gandhi, reports PTI.

“I am happy and I have been saying so for months that Hindustan’s PM has given the air force money to (industrialist) Anil Ambani, and the Supreme Court has accepted it. The SC is going to investigate it,” he was quoted by the agency as saying. The Congress president also thanked the top court saying that its a very happy day and justice has prevailed.

Congress president had said that PM Narendra Modi committed a theft. “Now the SC has made it clear that ‘chowkidarji’ (watchman) has committed a theft,” said Gandhi, reports PTI.

The Congress further pointed out, “I am happy and I have been saying so for months that Hindustan’s PM has given the air force money to (industrialist) Anil Ambani, and the Supreme Court has accepted it. The SC is going to investigate it,” reports PTI. Gandhi also thanked the top court and said that its a very happy day and justice has prevailed.

Earlier in the day, BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi moved the SC filing a criminal contempt plea against Rahul Gandhi for his remarks. During the hearing, the division bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said that it would hear the petition on April 15. In her complaint, she alleged that the Congress president attributed his personal remarks to the apex court and tried to create prejudice.

Earlier in the day, the saffron party has appealed to Supreme Court demanding contempt action against the Congress president’s remark on its recent Rafale judgment. A division bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has said that it will hear the petition on April 15, 2019. In her complaint, Lekhi alleged that the Congress president attributed his personal remarks to the apex court and tried to create prejudice.

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