Modi to EC: Notice based on false media reports

December 8th, 2007 - 8:45 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi/Ahmedabad, Dec 8 (ANI): Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday completely denied the charge levelled against him for violating the model code of conduct by invoking religious sentiments for meeting political ends, and said that the notice issued by the Election Commission in this regard is based on the “basis of unverified and false media reports.”
He said the Commission took into account the December 5 report in Times of India where his December 4 speech was quoted.
“All other news papers cuttings which the Commission has taken into account are dated 6th December 2007, which do not report my speech delivered on 4th December, 2007 but are comments inspired by false imputation in the Times of India. This last sentence (Modi: Well, that is what I did. And I did what was necessary.”) is not reflected in the CD as having been used by me,” he said.
“I find none of the above statements are contained in my speech as recorded in the CD,” he added.
Stating that his party has always advocated strong policy against terrorism, Modi in his reply to the EC wrote: “The Nation and the people of Gujarat are entitled to witness a fair debate on terrorism. If any of the viewpoints is censored or not permitted it will be interference in the right of free speech. Our Constitution and the election commission’s obligation to conduct free and fair election will not extend to preventing me from expressing my strong views against terrorism.”
He also tried to justify his statements against Sohrabuddin Sheikh, who was killed in a fake encounter, saying that it was in retaliation to the provocation by Congress president Sonia Gandhi
“It is my political response to (Sonia) Gandhi’s allegation that I am ‘Maut-ka-Sodagar” (Merchant of death). I have replied back alleging that the Congress party is helping those who have spread terrorism in the country,” he wrote in the letter to the Commission that was released to the media.
“It is clear that Times of India’s article which began this controversy, invented my comment to the effect. The CD clearly indicates that this sentence was an invention of author and not the orator,” he said, adding, “These are journalistic inventions intended to engineer a ‘Hate Modi’ campaign and not evidenced in the CD supplied by the Election Commission.”
He also argued that his speech must be read entirely in the context in which it was made.
“If Election Commission imposes any such regulation, it would offend our constitutional values and my right of free speech. At no stage I have controverted the affidavit filed by the Gujarat Government in the Supreme Court of India. I have already clarified my position that I do not support fake encounters. Encounters can occur but there should be no fake encounters,” he wrote to the Commission.
Questioning the Election Commission, Modi asked why the three-member Commission did not issue notices against Congress president Sonia Gandhi and another Congress leader Digivijay Singh for referring to the administrators in Gujarat as “liars, dishonest and merchants of fear and death (Maut-ke-Soudagar)” and a State which has unleashed “Hindu terrorism.”
“Surely it cannot be policy of the Election commission first to ignore the violation of the Code of Conduct in her (Sonia’s ) statement and then censor my political response to that statement,” Modi wrote, adding, “I am sure the Election Commission would at least now proceed to take action on those reports.” (ANI)

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