‘Modi did not break the Model Code of Conduct’: EC regarding the speech on Mission Shakti
Prime Minister Narendra Modi received a clean chit from the Election Commission on Friday regarding his speech made on Mission Shakti. The EC took the decision based on the report given by the committee of officers which found that the prime minister did not violate the provision of the party in power in the poll code.
"The committee has reached the conclusion that the MCC provision regarding misuse of official mass media as contained in Para (IV) of Part VII of Model Code of Conduct, quoted above, is not attracted in the instant case," stated the Election Commission.
In his speech to the nation on Wednesday, PM Narendra Modi announced the successful test of India's anti-satellite weapon(ASAT), Mission Shakti. He also highlighted the government's efforts to strengthen national security. However, political parties alleged that he had violated the model code as the EC prohibits the candidates from taking the government platforms to promote work done from the party’s end.
After probing into a proper investigation, EC noted that the Prime Minister as the head of the Department of Space could make the announcement after the test. However, the EC said that since it has a defence angle in it, the code is not applicable. Above all the speech was also telecasted on DD, All India Radio, the official YouTube channel of Modi which further made it clear that PM did not have any motive to use the event for his party works.