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Did Modi Violate the Model Code of Conduct By Speaking About Armed Forces In Republic TV Interview?

In the interview, he derided the Opposition’s concerns about the safety of wing-commander Abhinandan Varthaman. The AAP has complained to EC.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has complained to the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Friday, March 29 that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s interview with Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami in which he has discussed the armed forces is a violation of the code of conduct.

On Friday, Republic TV released an interview where Modi is seen deriding the Opposition’s concerns about the safety of wing-commander Abhinandan Varthaman when he was in Pakistan.

Modi said, “When the Abhinandan incident occurred. All the opposition parties should have proclaimed loudly that we are proud of the Indian Army because it shot down an F-16. Instead, they focused on ‘When will Abhinandan come back? When will he come back?’ within  two hours.”

Citing this remark, AAP complained that the EC had earlier cautioned all political parties against making any reference to the armed forces in election campaigns.

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AAP said, “…using his (Abhinandan’s) name in an interview with an intention to obtain political gain is a complete violation of the model code of conduct…”

The letter added, “The interview was seen by people across the nation and also the Bharatiya Janta Party official twitter handle circulating the same in order to gain political mileage…”

Earlier Modi had got into hot water after the Opposition complained to the EC that Modi’s A-SAT announcement to the nation was a violation of the code of conduct.

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