PM Modi Belittled Army in Srinagar Rally, Congress Says in Complaint to Election Commission

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PM Modi Belittled Army in Srinagar Rally, Congress Says in Complaint to Election Commission

File: PM Modi addressing rally in Srinagar on Monday


New Delhi:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi dragged the army into politics while campaigning in Jammu and Kashmir, the Congress has said in a complaint to the Election Commission.

The Congress has complained against PM Modi's statement crediting his government with the army's action against its soldiers for killing two teenagers in Budgam recently.

"He did not even spare the Army from being dragged into political arena," the party said in its written complaint.

At his rally in Srinagar on Monday, PM Modi had said, "For the first time in 30 years, it is the Modi government's magic, that the army admitted at a press conference that the killing of two youth was a mistake. An inquiry commission probed the matter and those who fired the bullets were charged. This is proof of my good intentions."

The Congress said with the statement, Mr Modi has "demeaned and belittled" the forces and their authority. "He has used this incident as an electoral tool for political purposes to mischievously take all credit which is against all norms of administrative prudence, ethics and decency. Bringing Army into political controversy or in election campaign is highly objectionable and in violation of Model Code of Conduct," it said.

The party has also accused PM Modi of addressing two rallies on Monday even though campaigning was to stop on Sunday, 48 hours before voting in the Kashmir Valley.

PM Modi's meetings in Samba in Jammu and Srinagar's Sher-i-Kashmir stadium were widely telecast and shown in constituencies that were voting in the third round of state polls, the party alleged.

Staggered elections in Jammu and Kashmir will end this month and results will be announced on December 23.


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