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EC decision on Modi's speech likely on Tuesday
December 10, 2007 20:59 IST
The Election Commission is likely to take a decision by Tuesday on the controversial utterances of Chief Minister Narendra Modi [Images] on the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter killing.
Election Commissioner Navin Chawla said in Ahmedabad on Monday that the EC's legal department is studying the reply of Modi, which they received on Saturday evening and "the decision is likely to come by tommorow."
"You will know what action the EC proposes to take once we decide on it," Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswamy said to a question on what action it plans to take against the chief minister on his speech on Soharabuddin.
Gopalaswamy dismissed as a "total lie" reports that had appeared in one newspaper regarding differences in the EC over the decision on Modi's remarks.
"The commission's decision to defer action on reply of notice to Gujarat chief minister was unanimous," he added.
Replying to a question on the delay in giving notices to Congress president Sonia Gandhi [Images], Gopalaswmay said, "They recieved six complaints regarding it, but five of them were just cuttings of the speech of Sonia Gandhi. We received a proper complaint against Sonia Gandhi and Digvijay Singh on December 6," he added.
The three-member EC led by Gopalaswamy was in Ahmedabad on Monday to take stock of preparations for the polls for the second phase to be held in north and central Gujarat.