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ECI strongly condemns Maneka Gandhi's statement, warns her not to repeat


New Delhi, The Election Commission on Monday strongly condemned and warned BJP leader and Union Minister Maneka Gandhi for her controversial speech in an election rally, citing violation of Model Code of Conduct (MCC). “The Commission strongly condemns the impugned statement made by Maneka Sanjay Gandhi and warns her not to repeat such misconduct in future”, the poll body said in the order. The Commission has pointed out that this was the second violation by Ms Gandhi. The poll body had barred her “from holding any public meetings, road shows and interviews and public utterances in media for 48 hours” on April 15 after convinced that she had violated MCC in a speech delivered on April 11. According to Commission, the speech delivered by the Union Minister at a poll rally in Sarkota Village of Sultanpur on April 14, wherein she categorised the voters according to the percentage of votes she gets and the development works also starts accordingly. The Commission has also observed that Ms Gandhi has violated the relevant sections of Representation of the People Act, 1951 which deals with ‘bribery’ under ‘corrupt practices. Ms Gandhi is contesting from Sultanpur, where her son Varun Gandhi won in 2014 Lok Sabha election.

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