Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a rally in Wardha, Maharashtra, on April 1, 2019. (Photograph: PTI)

Elections 2019: Modi Gets Election Commission’s Clean Chit For Wardha Speech Issue

The Election Commission gave a clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his speech in Wardha in which he had slammed Congress chief Rahul Gandhi for contesting from Wayanad and had “indicated” that the Kerala constituency had more voters from the minority community.

“The matter has been examined in detail in accordance to the extant guidelines/provisions of the Model Code of Conduct, the Representation of the People Act and the report of the Chief Electoral Officer, Maharashtra. Accordingly, the commission is of the considered view that in this matter no such violation has been noticed,” an Election Commission spokesperson said.

The Congress had earlier this month approached the Election Commission and had sought action against Modi's “divisive” speech.

Modi, while addressing a rally in Wardha on April 1, had reportedly said the opposition party was “scared” to field its leaders from constituencies where the majority dominates.

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He made the remark in reference to Rahul Gandhi's decision to contest from a second Lok Sabha seat at Wayanad in Kerala in addition to his Amethi seat in Uttar Pradesh.

“The Congress insulted Hindus and the people of the country have decided to punish the party in the election. Leaders of that party are now scared of contesting from constituencies dominated by the majority (Hindu) population. That is why they are forced to take refuge in places where the majority is a minority,” Modi had reportedly said.

The Congress had alleged that Modi had made some “hateful, vile and divisive” remarks against Gandhi.