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EC Issues Notice To AAP Over Defamatory Remarks Against PM Modi

The Aam Aadmi Party received a notification from the Election Commission on Tuesday for alleged derogatory, offensive, and slanderous remarks made on social media about Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The election commission said in a statement that it got a complaint over X (formerly Twitter) remarks on November 10 from the BJP. The posts, according to the saffron party, depicted Prime Minister Modi in a “disparaging, insulting, and defamatory” manner with “scurrilous and malicious intent.”

The AAP’s social media posts claiming a connection between the prime minister and businessman Gautam Adani were cited by the election panel.

The European Commission stated that it has repeatedly advised political parties and candidates to conduct themselves with dignity during election campaigns, to refrain from going beyond the bounds of propriety, and to avoid disparaging the personal qualities and behaviour of their opponents as this can undermine the fairness of the political process.

The poll panel stated that Delhi’s ruling party had broken the model code of conduct and that the current alleged matter had been posted from the Aam Aadmi Party’s handle. As a national party, the Aam Aadmi Party is expected to exercise caution by verifying facts before publishing and disseminating such content in public domain.

Arvind Kejriwal, the convenor of the AAP, has been ordered by the Election Commission to provide an explanation by November 16 over the social media posts that criticise the prime minister, who also happens to be a well-known national party campaigner.

Additionally, Kejriwal has been ordered to defend himself to the EC against any appropriate charges of violating the standard code of conduct.

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