In a setback to Telangana Chief Minister and TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has found prima face guilty of violating model code of conduct, by making derogatory remarks against Hindus, while addressing an election rally in Karimnagar, last month. It has issued a notice him seeking his response by April 12th evening.
According to ECI, VHP state president M Rama Raju had filed a complaint which claimed that the TRS chief “tried to secure votes by passing derogatory remarks against Hindus while addressing an election rally at Karimnagar on March 17.”
The ECI has produced his remarks in Telugu but did not give English translation of the same. The ECI is, prima facie, of the opinion that by making the aforesaid statement which has the potential of disturbing harmony and aggravating existing differences between social and religious communities, and appealing to communal feelings, you have violated the Model Code of Conduct.
The poll panel reminded KCR of the provision of the poll code which states that no party or candidate shall indulge in any activity which may aggravate existing differences or create mutual hatred or cause tension between different castes and communities, religious or linguistic; and prohibits appeal to communal feelings for securing votes.