Political / Congress writes to EC, demands action against PM Modi over Bhrashtachari No.1 remark on Rajiv Gandhi

India Today : May 06, 2019, 11:43 AM

Congress has written to Election Commission of India (ECI) demanding action against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for violating Model Code of Conduct (MCC) over his "Bhrashtachari number 1" statement on late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

On Saturday, Modi while addressing an election rally in Uttar Pradesh had said, the life of Congress president Rahul Gandhi's father Rajiv Gandhi ended as 'Bhrashtachari number 1.'

"Your father was termed 'Mr Clean' by his courtiers, but his life ended as 'Bhrashtachari No 1,' Modi had said.

"The statement by Prime Minister is not only the violation of Model Code of Conduct but also an insult of Bharat Ratna awardee martyr. Hence, we appeal the EC to take action against Prime Minister Narendra Modi by barring him from speaking at public rallies," Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee said in a letter dated May 05.

Modi was apparently referring to Bofors scam, in which Rajiv Gandhi was accused of receiving kickbacks from Swedish defence manufacturer, Bofors, for the sale of artillery guns to India. Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated in 1991.