EC lets off Vaghela with a slap on wrist
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The Election Commission Friday cautioned "remorseful" Congress leader Shankersinh Vaghela, who was earlier served a notice for appealing to communal feelings for votes during a speech in Surat, "to be careful in future".
"The Commission has noted that Shri Shankersinh Vaghela has not denied the speech or having uttered the objectionable words," the EC said in its order to Vaghela, adding "the (leader's) explanation... has not been found to be satisfactory."
State BJP's legal cell convener Parindu Bhagat had complained to the EC that Vaghela had breached the model code of conduct during a speech at Surat's BRC Gate Ground on October 31, where he was reported to have called 2002's Godhra train carnage a "conspiracy" to "get votes of Hindus".
The senior Congress leader, who was once part of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), had also reportedly said "One Maulvi with a long beard was embraced by him (Modi) and the Maulvi got delighted. I said, 'Maulvi Saheb, this is not a sign of love or affection. He is merely measuring your neck, so that when the time comes it should be available without any effort'."
The EC, while serving the notice to Vaghela on November 12, had asked him to reply within three days.
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