AAP Gets Poll Panel Notice Over Alleged Disparaging Remarks Against PM Modi On Social Media
New Delhi: The Election Commission on Tuesday issued a show-cause notice to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for alleged disparaging remarks made against Prime Minister Narendra Modi on its social media handle and asked it to respond to the charge of model code violation by Thursday. The notice has been issued to AAP chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, according to news agencies.
The BJP had on November 10 approached the Election Commission (EC) and demanded action against the AAP for posting “very unacceptable” and “unethical” video clip and remarks on a social media platform targeting PM Modi.
A BJP delegation, comprising Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, party national media in-charge and Rajya Sabha MP Anil Baluni and party leader Om Pathak, approached the poll panel on the issue. “From its official handle, the AAP has posted a video and two tweets (posts on X) in which it has said very unacceptable, reprehensible, mischievous and unethical things about the democratically elected head of the government,” Mr Puri told reporters after raising the issue with the EC.
In its notice to the AAP, the EC stated, “The national convener of the Aam Aadmi Party is hereby called upon to explain the statements/allegations/averments, made in the alleged social media posts under reference, against a star campaigner of another national party and against the political party and by insinuation and innuendo against the candidates for the state elections and to show cause why appropriate action for violation of model code of conduct read with relevant election and penal laws should not be taken against you.”
“In the event of no response from your side within the stipulated time, it will be presumed that you have nothing to say in the matter and the Election Commission will take appropriate action or decision in the mater without making any further reference to you,” the poll panel said.