Act on DMK’s complaint against Union Minister Shobha Karandlaje, EC tells poll officer

Commission seek compliance report within 48 hours

Updated - March 20, 2024 09:42 pm IST

Published - March 20, 2024 07:50 pm IST - CHENNAI

A file photoof Shobha Karandlaje. Special Arrangement

A file photoof Shobha Karandlaje. Special Arrangement

The Election Commission (EC) on Wednesday directed the Chief Electoral Officer, Karnataka, to take immediate appropriate action on the complaint filed by the DMK against the alleged violation of Model Code of Conduct by BJP leader and Union Minister Shobha Karandlaje while addressing reporters in Bengaluru.

The commission also sought a compliance report within 48 hours.

Also read: T.N. CM Stalin strongly condemns Karandlaje’s ‘reckless’ comments; Union Minister issues apology

DMK’s organising secretary R.S. Bharathi had filed a complaint with the Election Commission against Ms. Karandlaje’s remark that “people from Tamil Nadu who come to Karnataka, get trained in Tamil Nadu and plant bombs in Karnataka”. She made the statement in the context of the recent blast at a cafe in Bengaluru.

The utterances of the Minister amounted to instilling hatred in the Kannadiga community towards members of the Tamil community, and were in blatant violation of the Model Code of Conduct, the DMK’s complaint said.

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