Election Commission issued a clarification after reports of an FIR against Rahul Gandhi surfaced following his interview with a Gujarati channel. The EC said that no FIR has been filed against the Gandhi scion adding that the Congress president-elect has been issued a notice under model code of conduct. The election body said that Rahul has been given five days to respond to the notice. When asked about the Opposition's complaints over Prime Minister Narendra Modi's participation in the launch of INS Kalvari, the EC said that the matter was not under their jurisdiction and no permission was sought from them.
The BJP had accused Rahul Gandhi of violating model code of conduct, after he appeared on a Gujarati channel during polling. The issue was raised by BJP before the election body. Following the incident, Congress national spokesperson Randeep Surjewala alleged that the BJP and the PMO office were threatening the regional channel for airing Rahul's interview. On Wednesday, the Election Commission wrote to the Chief Electoral Officer of Gujarat to take cognizance of the matter and take the necessary action against Rahul Gandhi. Incidentally, today during the final phase of Guajarat Assebly Election, PM Modi conducted a road show. PM’s rally quickly triggered another round of debat on Election Commission and the NDA governments collusion.