Rahul Gandhi replies to EC notice
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Friday replied to a notice issued by the Election Commission (EC) for allegedly delivering 'hate' speeches at election rallies.
In his reply, Rahul said that he did not violate the model code.
The EC on Monday granted Rahul a time period till Friday to respond to its notice.
The Congress scion earlier in the day sought more time to respond to the notice.
The EC issued a notice to Rahul on a complaint filed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
The BJP on Oct 28 submitted a six-page written complaint to the EC against Rahul.
BJP leaders Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Prakash Javadekar and Nirmala Sitaraman led a delegation and sumitted the complaint to the EC.
"We have submitted a six-page complaint against Rahul Gandhi to the EC demanding action against him for delivering hate and sensational speeches at elections rallies in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh defying the model code of conduct for elections," Naqvi told reporters.
"Rahul Gandhi is not a Digvijaya (Singh, Congress general secretary), he is his party's superstar campaigner. He has to be more responsible. He must apologize for his behaviour," Naqvi told reporters.
Rahul on Oct 23 said he might fall prey to communal politics and accused his party's main rival BJP of spreading communal hatred.
Delivering an emotional, 30-minute speech at a rally in Churu district of poll-bound Rajasthan, Rahul said: "It was communal hatred that killed my grandmother (former prime minister Indira Gandhi). My father (former PM Rajiv Gandhi) was also assassinated for raising his voice against communal politics. May be, I too will fall prey to it. But I don't care."
"BJP is spreading communal hatred. They go to Muzaffarnagar, Gujarat, Kashmir and spread hatred. We have to go and douse that fire," he said.
Recounting Indira Gandhi's assassination in 1984 by her Sikh bodyguards, Rahul said: "I was 14 then and was in school when I was told my grandmother had been shot. With our legs trembling, Priyanka (Rahul's sister) and I rushed home to see her blood everywhere ... on the road, in the room."
"Let me tell you, her killers - Beant Singh and Satwant Singh - were my friends. They taught me how to play badminton. Unsuspecting, I had answered all their queries when one day in the garden they asked me where my grandmother sleeps and if she had enough security cover."
He said Indira Gandhi's killers wanted to assassinate her by throwing a grenade during Diwali.
"They even taught me how to lie down when someone throws a grenade. Now I know that they planned to kill my grandmother by hurling a grenade at her during Diwali," Rahul said.
"It took me 15 years to control my anger against them. I felt the same anger when I lost my father in 1991. I understand the pain of losing your loved ones," he said.
"I know I should not be giving such speech at election campaigns. But today I am sharing what I have inside my heart with you all. My mother (Congress president Sonia Gandhi) told me I should tell people about me," he said.
Rahul said Indira Gandhi was his saviour.
"My grandmother was my saviour. I hated having spinach. I used to hide behind her newspaper while she kept on reading it and give the spinach a miss," he said.
"Had Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi been alive, India would have been a much better and developed country," he said.
On Oct 24, Rahul kick-started his campaigning in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh and said his party follows the 'politics of the Aam Admi (common man)'.
"The politics of the Congress is politics of the Aam Admi," Rahul said while addressing the rally at Sagar in Madhya Pradesh.
Attacking the BJP, he said: "The BJP's politics is for those who have air conditioners."
He said if the Congress came to power in the state then it will form a 'government of the people'.
"When the Congress comes to power it will be the people's government. No one will be left behind," Gandhi said.
Slamming the BJP government in the state, the Congress vice-president said: "Women are not happy, famers are unhappy here. Only BJP ministers are happy."
At a rally in Indore, Rahul claimed Pakistan's intelligence agencies like the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) were contacting some Muzaffarnagar riots victims.
"A couple of days ago, an intelligence officer walked into my office. I asked him what is happening in Muzaffarnagar? He told me that people from Pakistan are talking to few Muslim youths whose brothers or sisters were killed in Muzaffarnagar," Rahul said while addressing a rally in Indore on Oct 24.
"The officer told me that he was trying to convince victims not to get swayed by them," he said.
Rahul attacked the BJP and said: "The BJP thought they will not be able to come to power in Uttar Pradesh unless Hindus and Muslims fight in the state...So they did it."
(Posted on 08-11-2013)