EC: PM Modi speech asking voters to dedicate votes to Balakot not violation

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The ECI on Wednesday cleared that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech in Latur last month in which he had urged first time voters to dedicate their votes in the name of the Balakot air strike heroes and the soldiers killed in the Pulwama attack, does not violative model code of conduct of its instructions on invoking armed forces in poll campaigns.
In that speech, Modi invoked the February 14 suicide car bombing in Pulwama in which 40 Central Reserve Police Force troopers were killed and the February 26 strike by the Indian Air Force on a terrorist camp run in Balakot, Pakistan, by the Jaish-e-Mohammed group that claimed responsibility for the attack…

“I want to ask my first-time voters, can your first vote be dedicated to the soldiers who conducted the Balakot air strikes, in the name of the martyrs who lost their lives in Pulwama,” Modi had said

Senior Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that given the slow pace at which the commission was dealing with complaints, the party now expects the EC to complete the process only in the next nine months. “On the law of averages, if it takes 30 days to decide one, is the EC thinking of deciding the balance cases within the next 270 days? The Supreme Court has ordered the EC to act within the next 48 hours, and nine complaints remain pending,” said Singhvi.

“We might take a collective decision about challenging EC’s decisions but I must say that the EC’s clean chit to the PM is devoid of reasons in both cases,” he added.

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