EC disapproves Modi’s ‘khooni panja’ remark

The Election Commission on Thursday disapproved Narendra Modi’s ‘khooni panja’ (bloodied hand) remark made during poll campaign in Chhattisgarh and asked him to be more careful in his public discourse in future.

Taking strong note of Modi’s remarks, which he claimed were used figuratively and as colloquial metaphors, the Commission said it was not satisfied with his explanation in reply to its notice for Model Code violation.

The Commission said references to political adversaries with expressions such as ‘khooni panja’ and ‘zalim haath’ (ruthless hand) ‘cannot but be construed as injurious to the cause of decorous political discourse.’

‘Having regard to the totality of facts and circumstances of the case and submissions and contentions made by you in your reply under reference, the Commission expresses its disapprobation in the matter, and expects that you will stand by your above referred commitment and to be more careful in your public discourse in future,’ the EC order said.

The Congress, which has hand as its symbol, lodged a complaint with the EC over Modi’s remarks.
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