EC issues notice to Arvind Kejriwal over ‘defamatory, insulting’ posts against PM Modi
PTC News Desk: The Election Commission issued a notice to the Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday for allegedly making disparaging, insulting, and defamatory remarks about Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The poll panel said in a statement that it received a complaint about X (formerly Twitter) posts from the BJP on November 10. The saffron party claims that the posts portrayed PM Modi in a "disparaging, insulting, and defamatory" manner with "scurrilous and malicious intent."
The EC stated that it has repeatedly issued advisories to political parties and candidates to maintain dignity in electoral campaigning, refrain from exceeding the limits of decency, and refrain from attacks on the personal character and conduct of political rivals, which can vitiate the level playing field.
“The present alleged matter has been found to be posted from the handle of the Aam Aadmi Party itself, which being a national party is expected to exercise caution through verification of facts before publishing and disseminating such content in public domain”, the poll panel said.
It went on to say that Delhi's ruling party had broken the model code of conduct.
The Election Commission has asked AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal to explain the social media posts against the prime minister, who also happens to be a national party star campaigner, by November 16.
Kejriwal was also asked to explain to the EC why appropriate action for violating the model code of conduct should not be taken against him.
- With inputs from agencies