Uttar pradesh

Congress MP asks if EC will issue notice to PM for his interview before U.P. polls

Logo of Election Commission of India in New Delhi. File

Logo of Election Commission of India in New Delhi. File

Will the Election Commission of India (ECI) issue a notice to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for giving an interview a day before polling in Uttar Pradesh, since it had issued one to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi before the Gujarat polls, Lok Sabha member and Congress leader Manickam Tagore asked on Thursday.

In a tweet, the Congress MP asked why the ECI was “silent” now, after the Prime Minister gave the news agency Asia News International an extensive interview on Wednesday, a day before the first phase of the seven-phase polls in U.P.

"Why @ECISVEEP silent now? EC issued showcause notice to @RahulGandhi ji for giving an interview a day before polling in Gujarat. That was violation of model code. Modi sahib gave interview a day before polling in UP. Will ECI give notice to him? Or Why double standards?" Mr. Tagore tweeted.

The show cause notice to Mr. Gandhi that the Congress MP talks about refers to the 2017 Gujarat Assembly polls. On December 13, 2017, the EC had asked channels to stop airing Mr. Gandhi's interviews as they referred to issues related to the then Gujarat polls.


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