Jaipur, Nov 27 (IECurrentAffairs) As the leadership of the BJP and the rival Congress are engrossed in taking pot shots at each other, some jibes and utterances made by leaders like the ruling party chief Amit Shah and the opposition party’s functionary and former Union Minister Dr CP Joshi in poll campaign have invited the Election Commission’s intervention.
The commission has served Dr Joshi with a show-cause notice in complaint lodged against him by the rival saffron party against his references made about Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The election watch-dog has sought evidence in respect of comments made by Mr Shah at a programme in the Pink City here.
Dr Joshi last week has made a reference about the Prime Minister’s caste at one of the election meetings in Nathdwara from where he is contesting election for the state legislature.
Responding to the notice, the former state chief of the Congress has submitted his preliminary reply to the Commission and sought time for a detailed full-fledged reply.
The complainant Congress state legal cell in-charge has provided to the Commission, through state CEO Anand Kumar, the video of the controversial speech by Mr Shah. In the speech, the BJP leader reportedly called upon the people to “grab-by-collars” the vote seekers(from the rival parties) and demand explanation about their contributions and work in public interest. Mr Shah was also quoted as saying that such vote seekers should not be allowed to enter village/locality for canvassing.
Besides Dr Joshi, some other Congress leaders like Raj Babbar and Vilasrao Muttemwar, also made certain references about Mr Modi’s parents.
While the BJP condemned the utterances, Prime Minister Modi himself took serious exception to the comments and harped on the issue in big way at his election meetings in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh during past three days.
Mr Modi continued to shower jibes and pot shots at Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his mother UPA chief Sonia Gandhi in various references. He also held Mr Gandhi responsible for utterances by the party leaders against himself.
The Prime Minister not only ridiculed Congress Chief as ‘Naamdar’, he also questioned his IQ and wisdom.
Mr Gandhi, too did not spare the PM and termed him as a liar, promise breaker, corrupt and one who has been insulting ‘makers and founding leaders’ of the nation.
Even AICC general secretary and former state Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, who generally uses balanced and well thought expressions while criticising rivals, hit at Mr Modi for his stance of seeking 50 days for solving problems cropped up due to demonetisation or accepting any punishment given to him by public.
Mr Gehlot had said, “Now people are waiting for Modiji at every road-crossing and round-about (to punish him for his failure to set the situation right).