In the recently concluded elections to 5 states, the BJP has come to power in all states except one. Now, the Congress party in Karnataka has taken offence to an alleged statement made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Uttar Pradesh and Punjab rally.
Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC), Legal and Human Rights Department, CM Dhananjaya Chairman on Saturday filed a complaint with the Election Comision stating that the PM while campaigning in Punjab and UP made false and wrong statements about a Congress minister holding office in the state.
According to the complaint, the PM in his rallies on January 27 in Jalandhar and on February 2 in Meerut alleged that Rs 150 crore in new Rs 2000 demonetised notes were seized from the residence of a sitting Karnataka minister and that the Congress party had failed to take any action against.
"This is utterly false and it was done with the intention of garnering votes of innocent voters in UP and Punjab," Dhananjaya said.
The complaint further adds that the statements were made 'knowing fully well that the said statements were false and far from the truth," and "with a view to project the candidates belonging to the Congress party, as being tainted and corrupt." CM Dhananjaya said that this is in violation of provisions contained under Section 123(2) and 123(4) of the Representation of Peoples Act, 1951.
The KPCC took time to file this complaint hoping the Election Commission would take suo moto action against the PM. "They should have taken a suo moto case but it feels as though they are under the influence of the central government," CM Dhananjaya added.
The legal cell of the KPCC now wants a public apology from the PM for insulting the people of Karnataka with these statements of his.
"He has shown that Karnataka is a corrupt place and if we do not get an apology from him, we will protest all across the state," he told India Today.