Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s speech at an election rally in Indore has come under the scanner of the Election Commission. Rahul had claimed that intelligence agencies in Pakistan were approaching some victims of the Muzaffarnagar riots to lure them to terrorism.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) has directed the Indore Collector to look into a complaint that Rahul’s speech delivered on Thursday violated the model code of conduct, which is in force for the November 25 Assembly poll.
The complaint has been filed by State BJP president Narendra Singh Tomar.
“The Indore Collector has been directed to probe the complaint,” CEO Jaideep Govind told reporters.
Tomar said Rahul, through his speech, tried to “incite religious sentiments and create feeling of hatred” between two communities.
The reference to riots was made with an intention to disturb communal harmony in the State ahead of the Assembly elections, the BJP leader said in the complaint.
This particular section in the speech violated the model code of conduct, he said.
(With inputs from agencies)