India’s poll commission seeks response to complaints against PM Modi and Rahul Gandhi

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s Election Commission said on Thursday it had sought answers from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the opposition Congress over alleged violations of voting rules by the prime minister. narendra modi and opposition leader rahul gandhi.

The world’s largest election is being held in seven phases in India, with votes scheduled to be counted on June 4.

In a complaint to the commission, the Bharatiya Janata Party accused Mr. Gandhi and the Congress accused Mr. Modi of delivering divisive speeches on religion, caste and language issues, according to a notification from the commission.

Modi, who is seeking an unprecedented third consecutive term, called Muslims “infiltrators” and “those who give birth to too many children” in a campaign speech on Sunday, prompting widespread criticism from opposition parties and a poll committee from parliament. caused complaints.

The BJP said in its complaint that Gandhi tried to create division on the basis of language and cultural issues.

The Election Commission has sought responses from Bharatiya Janata Party president JP Nadda and Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge by April 29.

(Reporting by Shivam Patel and Krishn Kaushik in New Delhi; Editing by YP Rajesh)

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