The poll body issued the notice after taking note that Rahul prima facie violated the Model Code of Conduct. The election watchdog has asked the Gandhi scion to respond to the notice by May 12 morning, failing which further action will be taken against him.

“The Commission is, prima facie, of the opinion that by making the statement you have violated provisions of the Model Code of Conduct,” the Election Commission notice said.
    
Addressing an election rally in Himachal Pradesh’s Solan district on May 1, Rahul had reportedly said, "People from Japan ask me...they say we are scared over one issue. We will help you, we will prepare roads. But we are scared whether there will be peace...they say whether people of India will fight with each other or not? This fear is there in our lives as well. If there is BJP, there will be violence. If there is BJP, 22,000 people will die, because they spread anger...this question was never raised before."
    
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had moved the Election Commission seeking against Rahul for his remarks. The saffron party had also provided the poll body with the CD of Rahul’s speech and newspaper clippings.
    
The Election Commission reminded Rahul of the provision in the Model Code, which states that no party or candidate would indulge in any activity that may aggravate existing differences or create mutual hatred.
    
The showcause notice also referred to the provision, which refrains parties and candidates from making distorted or unverified allegations and limit their criticism to policies and programmes of rival parties.

JPN/Agencies

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