Election Commission condemns Maneka Gandhi's 'A, B, C, D' remark
On April 15, the EC had barred Maneka, who is contesting from Sultanpur Lok Sabha constituency, from campaigning for 48 hours on account of her “communal” references.
It also issued a show-cause notice to BJP leader Giriraj Singh for his remarks that the country will never forgive those who don’t chant Vande Mataram and asked him to respond within 24 hours.
While the election in Begusarai from where Singh is contesting was held on Monday, Maneka’s fate will be decided on May 12. Ruling that Maneka’s statements violated the model code of conduct by making an appeal to “caste or communal feelings for securing votes” and also amounted to corrupt practices like bribery or intimidation of voters, the poll panel warned her not to repeat “such misconduct in future”.
On April 15, the EC had barred Maneka, who is contesting from Sultanpur Lok Sabha constituency, from campaigning for 48 hours on account of her “communal” references. As per the EC order, Maneka, in a speech in Sultanpur, had said she classified villages in ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’ and ‘D’ categories in decreasing order of votes secured by her, and accordingly undertook development work in the villages categorised as such.
In Singh’s case, the EC said it had prime facie found him guilty of violating the model code. Addressing a rally in Begusarai, Singh had said, “Those who cannot say Vande Mataram or cannot respect the motherland, the nation will never forgive them. My ancestors died at Simaria Ghat and did not need a grave but you need three handspans of space.” The Begusarai district administration had on April 25 booked Singh for violating the model code and the Representation of the People Act with his remarks.