Rahul Gandhi Gets EC Notice Over ‘Anti-Tribal Law’ Claim

 The Election Commission issued a notice to Congress president Rahul Gandhi for allegedly violating model code of conduct during his speech in Madhya Pradesh’s Shahdol. Gandhi had on April 23 claimed at a Madhya Pradesh rally that Narendra Modi-led NDA government has made a new law that allows officers to shoot adivasis.

Citing his speech made in Shahdol, Madhya Pradesh on April 23, the commission pointed at a provision of the model code which bars “unverified” allegations to be levelled against political opponents. The EC has sought a response from the Congress chief within 48 hours.

The EC has taken cognizance of a complaint filed by the members of the BJP’s Election Commission Committee, Om Pathak and Neeraj. As per the complainants, Rahul had said, “Now, Narendra Modi has made a new law for Adivasis (tribals). In that law, there is a line that says that tribals can be shot dead. It is also mentioned that tribals can face encounters, their land can be stolen.”

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