BJP surprised over EC's ''different rulings'' for Sonia, Modi

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New Delhi, Dec 22 (UNI) The BJP today expressed surprise over the Election Commission's (EC) ''different set of rulings'' for violation of Model Code of Conduct during the Gujarat Assembly poll campaign by Chief Minister Narendra Modi and AICC General Secretary Digvijay Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

Reacting to the EC's decision ahead of tomorrow's counting, BJP spokesman Prakash Javadekar said while the EC ''cautioned and expressed its displeasure'' at the violation of Model Code of Conduct by Mr Modi and Mr Singh, it merely said it was displeased in Ms Gandhi's case.

He said when all the three leaders had violated the ''same Model Code of Conduct,'' it was expected that the violations would be viewed according to a common yardstick. However, the EC in Ms Gandhi's case merely expressed displeasure while it wants Mr Modi and Mr Singh to be cautious.

''We are finding this surprising,'' he told newspersons but hastened to comment that the party was not attributing motives to the EC's orders.

He said the EC had issued notices to all three leaders following the complaints to which they had submitted their replies. ''The BJP is making a detailed study of the order and this is only our preliminary statement,'' he said.

Ms Gandhi was the first to violate Model code of Conduct by making the ''merchants of death'' remark during an election campaign while Mr Singh had spoken about ''Hindu terrorism'' and Mr Modi countered them with his reference to the encounter of Sohrabuddin Shiekh, he said.

But the EC, after studying their replies, in its order expressed ''its displeasure and caution'' to Mr Modi and Mr Singh while it was merely displeased at Ms Gandhi's comments, he added.

UNI

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