The petitioner said PM Modi should be restrained from seeking votes in the name of deities and places of worship until the petition is disposed of.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Express photo by Abhinav Saha)

By  Malavika Prasad

The Delhi High Court on Monday dismissed a plea seeking the disqualification of Prime Minister Narendra Modi from contesting elections for six years claiming that he delivered a speech allegedly seeking votes in the “name of god and place of worship”.

The petitioner, Advocate Anand S Jondhale, claimed he came across a speech delivered by PM Modi at Pilibhit, Uttar Pradesh, “seeking votes for his party” on April 9. “During his speech, Respondent No 2 (PM Modi) had appealed to the voters to vote for his party in the name of Hindu deities and Hindu places of worship as well as Sikh deities and Sikh places of worship,” the plea stated.

It sought a direction to the Election Commission of India (ECI) to disqualify PM Modi from elections for six years under the Representation of People Act. Jondhale claimed he had lodged a complaint with the ECI seeking the PM’s disqualification, however, no action had been taken to date.

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