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PM's 'Mission Shakti' address does not violate Model Code of Conduct: Election Commission

File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 29, 2019, 10.25 PM (IST)

The Election Commission of India on Friday stated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "Mission Shakti" address didn't violate Model Code of Conduct (MCC) as public broadcasters were used. 

"Committee has reached to the conclusion that MCC provision regarding misuse of official mass media as contained in Para (IV) of Part VII of MCC isn't attracted in the case," the poll body stated today. 

The EC took the decision based on the report of a committee of officers which found that the prime minister did not violate the provision of 'party in power' in the poll code, news agency PTI reported. 

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Prime Minister Modi addressed the nation after the successful testing of A-SAT missile on Wednesday. After much clamour from the opposition parties, the Election Commission of India directed a Committee of Officers to examine the matter immediately and ascertain if the speech violated the Model Code of Conduct as alleged by the opposition.

India shot down one of its satellites in space on Wednesday with an anti-satellite missile to demonstrate this complex capability, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced, making it only the fourth country to have used such a weapon.

(With inputs from PTI) 

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The EC took the decision based on the report of a committee of officers which found that the prime minister did not violate the provision of 'party in power' in the poll code.