New Delhi, Apr 6 UNI | 4 months ago

Congress today lodged a complaint with the Election Commission against Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje for her remarks at a rally in Karauli, sources said.

Addressing the rally, the Rajasthan CM, in a reference to the hate speech by Congress Saharanpur candidate Imran Masood threatening to chop BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi to pieces, said elections will make it clear that who will survive or who will be chopped off.

Sources said Congress sought the arrest of Ms Raje over her 'open threat'.

In a letter to Chief election commissionr V S Sampath, the Congress demanded that the Rajasthan CM be booked and action be taken against her for alleged violation of mode code of conduct.

According to sources, in his letter to CEC, Secretary of AICC Legal Department KC Mittal claimed that Ms Raje had said that 'let the elections be over, we will see who is cut into pieces' at the rally.

''Her (Raje's) statement is an open threat, deliberately and intentionally made, which is a criminal offence. She is holding a constitutional post as Chief Minister, Rajasthan and is under an oath to uphold the law and order, the Constitution of India and to maintain the sanctity and propriety of the office of Chief Minister.

''She cannot and should not take liberty to act in such a fashion, while holding such an office, to commit such crime. In her statement, she mentioned about the alleged statement of Imran Masood, Congress candidate from Saharanpur, but both the cases are not comparable,'' Mittal said in the letter.

Calling it a clear case for immediate registration of FIR against her, the Congress leader demanded that ''she should be arrested, apart from action for violation of Model Code of Conduct.''

Mr Mittal said even though the statement by Masood is claimed to be seven months old when he had not even joined Congress, the matter is already under investigation after registration of FIR.

The EC is also looking into the Congress complaint against Modi aide Amit Shah, sources said.

(Posted on 06-04-2014)