New tension for Udhayanidhi Stalin: How he invited trouble from BJP?

Days after airing controversial remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, DMK's Youth wing Secretary Udhayanidhi Stalin has invited fresh trouble as the Election Commission has issued a notice to him asking him to respond for his remarks. Udhayanidhi Stalin is contesting from the Chepauk - Triplicane constituency in Chennai in the assembly election and the notice was served to him on Tuesday when the state had undergone the polling process to elect the representatives for 234 assembly seats.

According to reports, Udhayanidhi was addressing a political gathering in Dharapuram on March 31st during which he alleged that late Union Ministers Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley had died due to not able to tolerate the pressure and torture given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. His remarks had stirred controversy and drawn massive flak from the BJP leaders. 

By citing that Udhayanidhi had made a falsified statement, BJP had filed a complaint with the Election Commission on April 2 in which the party has demanded action against the DMK leader. Based on the BJP's complaint, the Election Commission has on Tuesday sent a notice to Udhayanidhi Station asking him to respond to his remarks. 

In its notice, the Election Commission has asked him to respond to the notice before 5 pm on Wednesday failing which the commission shall take a decision without any further reference to him. The electoral body said that the contents of the speech made by Udhayanidhi Stalin violate the provision of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC).

The provision of the MCC states, "Criticism of other political parties shall be confined to their policies, programme, past record, and work. Parties and candidates shall refrain from criticism of all aspects of private life, not connected with the public activities of the leaders or workers of other parties. Criticism of other parties or their workers based on unverified allegations or distortion shall be avoided".  

The reports say that the daughters of Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley have slammed Udhayanidhi Stalin for his comments and castigated him for spreading false allegations. Sushma Swaraj's daughter Bansuri took to Twitter and wrote, "The statement of Udhayanidhi Stalin was totally false and that the Prime Minister had bestowed upon the family utmost care and respect at a time when it was needed most. The Prime Minister and BJP had stood by the family like a rock".

Arun Jaitley's daughter Sonali Jaitley said, "My dad and Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared a personal bond beyond politics and that to make false allegations under election pressure was not right".The notice was served when Tamil Nadu was going through the voting to form the new government in the state. Tamil Nadu has hosted the single-phase poll on April 6 from 7 am to 7 pm. The Election Commission had installed over 88,000 polling booths and around 4,000 candidates were on the ballots. Tamil Nadu has recorded 72.78% of voter turnout and the votes will be counted on May 2, during which the results would be announced.