The Election Commission(EC) has issued a show cause notice to Gujarat Congress president Arjun Modhwadia for his reported remarks on the personal life of Chief Minister Narendra Modi and also for comparing him with animals and asked him to file his reply by November 24.
Bharatiya Janata Party MP and state unit General Secretary Balkrishna Shukla had filed a complaint with the Commission about Mr Modhwadia's speech in Vadodara on November 2 when the latter made the controversial comments.
The Commission sent the notice to Mr Modhwadia after listening to the CD containing his speech.
The notice said that Mr Modhwadia's remarks prima facie violated the model code of conduct which prohibits personal attacks on the leaders of rival political parties.
"The Commission hereby gives notice to you to show cause as to why action should not be taken against you, for the violation of the Model Code of Conduct," said the Election Commission notice issued on Wednesday and signed by its secretary Harbans Singh.
The poll panel has also directed Mr Modhwadia to submit his response by November 24 and added that, "failing which it would be assumed that you have nothing to say in the matter and appropriate action will be taken against you without any further reference to you."
Mr Modhwadia, in a public meeting on November 2 in Vadodara, had criticised Mr Modi for repeatedly targeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and also took a dig at Mr Modi for his remarks on Sunanda Pushkar, wife of Union Minister Shashi Tharoor.
He had also compared Mr Modi with animals in the same meeting.