Congress party has accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “vitiating” the atmosphere in Uttar Pradesh to polarise the society and demanded the Election Commission to take appropriate action. Though it has not lodged any complaint with the EC, the principal opposition party strongly criticised Modi’s remarks at a rally on Sunday, where he accused the incumbent Akhilesh Yadav government of discriminating on the basis of religion.
Senior Congress leader and its deputy leader in Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma told the press in New Delhi that Modi has been making objectionable remarks at election rallies and his statement yesterday too was aimed at creating polarisation.
“Our Constitution does not allow anyone to divide the nation, be it on caste or religion basis. The Prime Minister is not above the Constitution or the law. We expect the Election Commission to take appropriate action on this,” he said.
Earlier this year, the Supreme Court had strongly ruled that political parties cannot use caste and religion in their campaigning. The central poll panel too has been observing a strict watch over this.
Taking a dig at the BJP, which is one of the strong contenders in fray owing to its spectacular performance in 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the Congress leader said the Prime Minister was making such statements as his party was staring at an imminent defeat in the state.
“In doing do, he is disrespecting the Constitution and violating the oath of his office,” he said.
Further accusing the BJP of polarising the society to reap political benefits, the Congress leader said the Prime Minister should tell them how many of his promises he has fulfilled.
“They wear masks and in a hurry, this mask seems to have fallen. Prime Minister Modi, true to his form, is vitiating the atmosphere during another election time. He has tried to stir communal tension and to polarise the society,” he said.
Asked if the Congress would take it up with the poll body, Sharma said, “The Election Commission should do its own work. It has a Constitutional mandate… The Election Commission had said earlier that it would not allow such kind of campaign, which is divisive.”
(With inputs from the PTI)