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EC to issue notice to Vaghela for inflammatory speech

Posted on Nov 12, 06:26PM | UNI

The Election Commission (EC) is likely to issue a notice to senior Congress leader Shankarsinh Vaghela this evening for alleging that the 2002 post-Godhra riots were engineered by the Narendra Modi government, EC sources said here today.

Mr Vaghela, the Congress's in charge in Gujarat, levelled the charges during electioneering in Surat on October 31.

The poll panel had received a complaint against Mr Vaghela, seen a video clip of his speech and found it to be inflammatory and violating the election code of conduct.

Mr Vaghela had alleged in Surat that the Modi government had blood on its hands. 'The foundation of this government rests on the 2002 carnage. Governments are made, but not on conspiracies.

The people of Gujarat know this; that's why we are requesting the people for a change,' he said.

Gujarat will vote in two phases on December 13 and 17.

Counting of votes will be taken up on December 20.