No violation, says EC
The Election Commission has said that there appears to be no violation of the model code of conduct by the Haryana government in clearing a land deal involving Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.
New Delhi: The Election Commission has said that there appears to be no violation of the model code of conduct by the Haryana government in clearing a land deal involving Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.
Haryana, ruled currently by Mrs Gandhi's Congress, votes on October 15 for its next government.
PM Modi had asked the EC to assess what he called the hasty sanctioning of Mr Vadra's deal with real estate major DLF. "Yesterday, despite the Model Code of Conduct, the son-in-law was given land. They know after the results he won't be given anything," the Prime Minister had said, adding, "The Election Commission should take cognisance and appropriate action in this regard."
BJP, described the validation of the controversial deal between Vadra and DLF as "a parting gift" from the state's Congress government to the party's First Family. But Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said Modi's speech was "factually incorrect and far from the truth," and that the deal was cleared following proper procedure in July before the model code of conduct kicked in.
The deal had been described as illicit in 2012 by senior Haryana bureaucrat Ashok Khemka.
Sonia attacks BJP for spreading hatred
Kolhapur/Aurangabad: Congress president Sonia Gandhi mounted an assault on BJP, slamming it for "spreading hatred" in society, and was unsparing in her criticism of former ally NCP whose "only goal", she said, was power.
Sonia, whose party together with NCP ruled Maharashtra for 15 years, wondered with whom will the former partner ally after the October 15 Assembly polls.
"Till yesterday, they (NCP) were with us. I want to alert you. Tomorrow they may align with anyone. Their only goal is kursi (power)," she said, addressing a poll rally at Aurangabad, apparently refusing to buy NCP Chief Sharad Pawar's contention that his party will forge partnership with only a secular entity.
The Congress president, who joined the poll campaign with just four days left for electioneering to end, also flayed BJP and Shiv Sena.