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Updated: November 21, 2013 02:59 IST

Modi defends use of controversial term

Smriti Kak Ramachandran
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NO BREACH: BJP prime ministrial candidate Narendra Modi addresses an election meeting in Rajasthan. Photo: Rohit Jain Paras
The Hindu NO BREACH: BJP prime ministrial candidate Narendra Modi addresses an election meeting in Rajasthan. Photo: Rohit Jain Paras

The complaint against the use khooni panja was based on "fiction and not fact", says Mr Modi

BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Wednesday denied having violated the Model Code of Conduct.

In a nine-page reply to the Election Commission’s notice to him for the use of term khooni panja, the Gujarat Chief Minister said the term that he used during one of his speeches in Chhattisgarh was used colloquially.

Senior BJP leader M.A. Naqvi said Mr. Modi had informed the Commission that the complaint against the use khooni panja was based on “fiction and not fact” and he did not intend it as a personal attack against anybody.

“The panja [hand] is the Congress’ symbol, but it was not meant to be a personal attack. Mr. Modi was just exercising his right of free speech. The term is an expression used commonly and colloquially. Besides, it was an attack against the party’s symbol; they can do the same,” Mr. Naqvi said.

The Commission served a notice to Mr. Modi on November 13 over the use of the term and directed him to file his response by November 20. The notice followed a complaint filed by the Congress.

On Wednesday, the BJP petitioned the Commission to derecognise the Congress as a national party for what it described as “repeated violations” of the code of conduct. Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, despite the Commission’s “rap”, had not refrained from making speeches that the BJP considered “inflammatory,” it said.

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Are we missing a point here? What he has referred to as based on fiction
is the complaint against him, not the offending term itself...

from:  Madhusudan
Posted on: Nov 22, 2013 at 01:14 IST

Modi is always passing off fiction as fact. He should make clear at the beginning of his rallies, that his speech is entirely fictional and not factual.

from:  Raju
Posted on: Nov 21, 2013 at 17:19 IST

After denying the code of conduct using "Khooni Panja", now he informs EC that the term was based on “fiction and not fact”!
Its funny to see how he backs out after the increasing political
pressure by the Congress supporters and finally agrees that whatever he
says is all fake and factless.

from:  Shreeja Ramanathan
Posted on: Nov 21, 2013 at 12:26 IST


There would be no one to stop him and his coterie, which includes people
like Amit Shah.

from:  Harshal
Posted on: Nov 21, 2013 at 10:09 IST

Mr. Modi has accepted that he is always with fiction and not with facts. only facts will do help and render justice and useful to all human beings. fiction is of no use. modi is dreaming about fiction and not thinking about facts and truth.

from:  baburajan
Posted on: Nov 21, 2013 at 08:14 IST
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