The Election Commission issued a notice to Congress President Rahul Gandhi on 1st May for saying during his election campaign that Narendra Modi has made a new law that permits “shooting down tribals”.  The Election Commission has acted based on a complaint received by it from Om Pathak and Neeraj, members of Election Commission Committee of the BJP. EC has found that the speech of Rahul Gandhi delivered on 23rd April violates para (2) of part (I) of ‘General Conduct’ of Model Code of Conduct for the guidance of Political Parties and Candidates, which says that criticism of other parties or their workers should be not be based on “unverified allegations or distortions”.

Rahul Gandhi has been given 48 hours to submit his explanation. Earlier, BJP vice-president Prabhat Jha had sent a notice to Rahul Gandhi for his defamatory statement against the PM.

It appears that Rahul Gandhi was referring to the draft Indian Forest (Amendment) Act, 2019 that was circulated among the states in March for their suggestions. The state governments are expected to submit their comments to the environment ministry by June this year.

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