- BJP complained to Election Commission about Rahul Gandhi
- Said he is calling PM Modi "chor", misquoting the Supreme Court
- BJP leader has filed contempt of court charge against Congress chief too
The Election Commission is ignoring complaints against Rahul Gandhi, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman alleged on Friday as she accused the Congress president of saying "untrue" things against Prime Minister Narendra Modi amid the ongoing Lok Sabha polls.
The BJP approached the Election Commission seeking action against Mr Gandhi accusing him of repeatedly calling PM Modi "a thief" and attributing to the Supreme Court things it did not say in the Rafale fighter jet case.
A BJP delegation led by Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi met Election Commission officials and also alleged that the poll body had ignored their earlier complaints against Mr Gandhi on the issue. Earlier in the day, BJP lawmaker Meenakshi Lekhi requested the Supreme Court for criminal contempt action against the Congress president over his comments welcoming the top court order in the Rafale case earlier this week. The order was seen as a setback to the government.
"The Congress president is using abusive words and statements that are untrue. He is repeatedly calling the Prime Minister 'chor' without any evidence despite the Supreme Court's December verdict in the Rafale case, and also putting words into the mouth of Supreme Court," Ms Sitharaman told reporters.
"We have complained to the EC (Election Commission) that neither the SC (Supreme Court) nor the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) have said anything of this kind. But the EC did not take cognisance. It looked the other way," she said.
"During election time if he is uttering words which are untrue, can the Election Commission ignore it?" the BJP leader asked.
On Wednesday, rejecting the centre's argument that classified documents accessed by the media on the Rafale fighter jet deal can't be evidence, the Supreme Court said it would examine the documents while considering petitions asking for a review of its earlier order that gave the government a clean chit.
Welcoming the court order, Rahul Gandhi had said, "The entire country is saying that chowkidar has committed theft. It is a day of celebration that the Supreme Court has talked about justice".