The Election Commission (EC) of India has concluded that Home Minister Amit Shah’s “taught a lesson in 2002” remark at a rally during the recent Gujarat Assembly elections campaigning did not violate the model code of conduct (MCC).
Speaking at a rally on November 25, Shah had said that the BJP had taught a lesson to rioters in 2002 Gujarat riots. Retired bureaucrat EAS Sarma had written to the EC, alleging that Shah’s speech had violated the model code of conduct.
Sources said the complaint was examined and a report sought from the Gujarat Chief Electoral Officer. The EC found that the Home Minister was referring to teaching “miscreants” a lesson, and not any particular community.
Around 5,100 poll code violation complaints filed in Gujarat, and 800 plaints filed in Himachal Pradesh were found to be correct.
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