Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday denied having violated the model code of conduct in his reply to the Election Commission notice over his “khooni panja” remark made during poll campaign in Chhattisgarh.

In his nine-page reply filed before the Commission, a day ahead of the deadline, Mr. Modi said he had only exercised his right of free speech by criticising the policies and work of the Congress and thus has not violated the model code.

“I am of the clear opinion that I have not violated the said provision,” he said.

Mr. Modi said even though he had himself been subjected to much criticism, including use of abuses against him, he maintained the dignity of political discourse and had not made personal attacks on any of his opponents. — PTI

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