The Election Commission issued a notice to BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari on Thursday for allegedly communal tone in a speech given in an election rally last month. Suvendu Adhikari has been asked to respond to the notice within 24 hours. Adhikari is also the BJP candidate in West Bengal’s Nandigram assembly seat against Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee.
According to the report of the news agency Bhasha, the Election Commission notice stated that a complaint has come from Kavita Krishnan, a member of the Central Committee of the CPI (ML), alleging that on March 29, the officer addressed a public meeting in Nandigram Gave a ‘hate speech’ while doing.
The notice cites excerpts from Suvendu’s speech, “The election is about to take place. You are not voting Begum. If you vote for Begum, it will become a mini Pakistan. Dawood Ibrahim has come to your area, we will note everything. What is the government doing?”
The Commission cited two provisions of the Model Code of Conduct. One provision states that criticism of other political parties will be limited to their policies and programs, past records and work. Criticizing other parties or their workers on the basis of unverified allegations or fabricated allegations will be avoided.
The second provision makes it clear that no appeal will be made on the basis of caste or sect to gain votes. The notice states thBat the Election Commission has found that certain provisions of the Model Code of Conduct have been violated.