The Election Commission has taken a firm stance by issuing a show-cause notice to Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Tuesday. This action follows a complaint filed by Bharatiya Janata Party leaders Hardeep Singh Puri, Anil Baluni, and Om Pathak regarding purportedly “unverified and false statements” made by Vadra concerning Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The BJP leaders accused Priyanka Gandhi of disseminating “baseless and false” information during a public rally in Madhya Pradesh’s Sanwer Assembly Constituency. Vadra allegedly claimed that the Narendra Modi government had privatized public sector undertakings (PSUs), specifically citing the Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) and accusing the Prime Minister of favoring industrialist associates.
The Election Commission’s notice addressed Vadra’s statements, highlighting the potential for these unverified and false claims to mislead the public and cast aspersions on the image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“It has been alleged that while addressing a public rally at Sanwer Assembly Constituency in Madhya Pradesh, you have made unverified and false statements in respect of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi that have the potential to mislead the public and tarnish the image of the Prime Minister,” stated the poll body in its notice.
This notice from the Election Commission underscores the imperative for responsible and fact-checked discourse in political rallies, emphasizing the need for accuracy and truthfulness in statements made by political leaders, especially during crucial electoral periods. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has been called upon to provide a response to these allegations within a stipulated timeframe set by the Election Commission.