New Delhi, May 4 (GCCurrentAffairs) The Election commission on Friday issued a show-cause notice to Union minister Mahesh Sharma for allegedly referring to Congress chief Rahul Gandhi as “pappu” and his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as “pappu ki pappi” at a rally at Sikandrabad in Uttar Pradesh on March 16.
The EC gave the Union Minister 24 hours to respond to the notice.
Referring to a provision in the Model Code of Conduct which states that politicians must refrain from making remarks on private lives of rivals, the EC, in its notice said, “the Commission is prima facie of the opinion that you have violated the aforesaid provisions of the MCC by making the impugned statements.
Therefore the commission, after considering the available material and extant instructions on the matter, has decided to provide you an opportunity to explain your stand regarding the said statement. Your explanation shall be submitted within 24 hours of receipt of this notice failing which the commission shall take a decision without further reference to you.”
At a public meeting on March 16 in Sikandrabad, the union minister said, “Now that Pappu says that he wants to be the prime minister. Now, Mayawati, Akhilesh Yadav and Pappu ki pappi have also come…whether that Priyanka was not the daughter of of the country … what new has she brought…”
The Congress had moved the Election Commission with a complaint against Sharma.
The EC also issued a notice to Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on his remarks made at a rally at Karimnagar on March 17.
Observing that the contents of public speech were violative of sub para (1) of para 1 and also sub para (3) of para 1 of the rules, the commission cautioned him to bee more careful in future and adhere to provisions of MCC while addressing a public meeting if making any public statement.