Stung by BJP’s prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s description of Congress as “poisonous”, the party has again moved the Election Commission seeking stern action against him as also two other BJP leaders, including Vasundhara Raje.

In a detailed complaint to Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath on Thursday, the Secretary of AICC legal department K.C. Mittal referred to a speech of Mr. Modi on November 25 in which he had said that no other party except Congress is in a position to “spread poison” since it was this party, which enjoyed power for sixty years thereby storing the poison of power in it for all those years.

Mr. Modi’s barb was apparently directed at Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, who had once said that his mother told him that “power is poison.”

These remarks by BJP’s prime ministerial nominee also came after Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, in an election rally, attacked the BJP for spreading rumours that the medicine being distributed by Congress government in Rajasthan is poisonous and said that “the medicine is not poisonous but those people are poisonous, who do not have any feelings for the poor.”

“On October 10 2013, Ms. Raje while addressing a BJP seminar at Jaipur said poison is being given in the name of medicines. It may be relevant to mention that the Rajasthan Congress government has provided schemes for free medical services to the people.

“On November 23, BJP’s Rajya Sabha member Bhupendra Yadav also attacked Congress Party for its advertisement on free medicines scheme and said the state government is indeed distributing poison and that Raje’s remark was a reflection of the public sentiments,” the party said in the petition.

Mr. Mittal said that sequence of these events clearly establish that the three BJP leaders did not confine themselves to the principles laid down in Mode Code of Conduct regarding the government policy but made statements which are totally “distorted and malicious.”

“The statement made Mr. Modi in his address on November 24 would show that he was speaking out of context by distorting the facts to play to the public gallery. It is submitted that such statements are an impediment in conduct of fair and proper election and are not permissible in public discourse,” the party said.

He said that Mr. Modi has “not learnt any lesson” from the Election Commission’s “disapprobation” and he continues to flout the Model Code of Conduct and urged the EC to take “stern” action against BJP and its three leaders — Mr. Modi, Ms. Raje and Mr. Yadav for violation of Model Code of Conduct.