New Delhi: Referring to the Indian Army as “Modiji ki sena” in a recent election rally has put the Uttar Pradesh chief minister, Yogi Adityanath, in a spot for possible violation of the election model code of conduct. The Election Commission, on Wednesday, has issued a show-cause notice against him after the UP chief electoral officer obtained a transcript of the speech, and asked to reply by April 5.
On March 31, while campaigning for Union minister General VK Singh in Ghaziabad, Adityanath had said, “Congress ke log aatankwadiyon ko biryani khilate the aur Modi ji ki sena aatankwadiyon ko goli aur gola deti hai. (Congress used to serve biryani to terrorists, while Modi’s army give them bullets).” Incidentally, Gen Singh is a former Army chief.
With the announcement of the dates for the Lok Sabha election, the model code of conduct kicked in. The Election Commission had warned political parties not to use the armed forces for their campaigning.