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EC sends notice to Rajasthan Cong leader CP Joshi over ‘casteist’ remarks

New Delhi, Nov 24 (IECurrentAffairs) The Election Commission on Saturday served a notice to Rajasthan Congress leader C P Joshi for violating Model Code of Conduct during election campaign in the state by making ‘casteist’ remarks.

The Poll Panel has asked the Congress leader to send his reply by 1100 hrs in morning on November 25, sources in the commission said.

The notice has been served on the basis of a complaint lodged by the BJP with the Poll Panel alleging that the Congress leader had made ‘casteist’ remarks while addressing a poll gathering in a village in the state on November 21.

In a video tweeted by a BJP lawmaker, C P Joshi , while campaigning in Rajasthan’s Nathdwara for the December 7 state election, was quoted as saying,”Uma Bharti is a Lodhi, and she talks about Hinduism, Modi ji talks about Hinduism.

It’s only Brahmins who don’t talk about it. In 50 years they have lost their mind. The country is being misled… Religion and governance are two different things. Everyone has the right to practice their religion,” Mr Joshi said in the video.

They say a Congress leader can’t be a Hindu. Who gave them the authority to issue certificates? Have they opened a university? If anyone knows about religion in this country then its pandits, brahmins,” he says.

In a subsequent tweet, Mr Joshi alleged fabrication of his comments.

Tweeting his own clip of the video , he said, “I strongly condemn the fabricated use of my statement by BJP.”

Shortly after the video, seen as a major embarrassment for the congress, which us looking to wrest power from the BJP in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, in a damage control exercise , on Friday said Mr Joshi’s comments were against the Congress party’s principles.

In a post on social media, Rahul said, ‘ CP Joshi’s comments are against the principles of the Congress party.

No party leader should make statements that hurt any section of the society.

I am sure Joshiji will realize his mistake in keeping with principles of the congress and sentiments of party workers.

He should express regret over his comments.’ Joshi later apologised for his comments.

The Assembly Elections in the state will be held on December 7.

Via UNI-India
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