Panaji: The Congress party will complain to the Election Commission against what it called a “serious violation of the election code of conduct" by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a stump speech made in Goa.

All India Congress Committee General Secretary Digvijay Singh, the party’s in-charge of Goa affairs, said the prime minister promised voters that the Centre would release a grant of Rs1,000 crore for the Zuari bridge project that seeks to connect Panaji and Margao and reduce travel time.

“This is a very serious violation of the election code of conduct and the Congress party would make a representation to the Election Commission of India. Election campaign is underway and the prime minister of the country cannot be allowed to make such promises during the campaign," Singh said in Panaji on Sunday.

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“He did not speak about the Special Status for Goa even though it was a manifesto promise made by the BJP in 2012. He did not speak about the casino issue even though it was a manifesto demand in 2012. He did not speak about the Regional Plan of Goa even though that was a BJP promise. He did not talk about employment to Goan youths even though that was an electoral promise made by his party in 2012," Singh said.

He also took exception to Modi’s criticism of “vote-splitting parties" as “pickpockets of democracy" saying the PM had “insulted regional parties in India."

“Never before has a prime minister of India used such kind of language for the regional parties," Singh said.

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He also criticised Modi and defence minister Manohar Parrikar for allegedly trying to make political capital out of the surgical strikes in Pakistan carried out by the Indian army. “How can the surgical strikes, which have been carried out even before, be part of the election campaign? You do not publicly talk about such things in election rallies," Singh said.

The Congress leader hit out at the Aam Aadmi Party and termed it as part of the “Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh-BJP’s larger plan of Congress-mukt Bharat". “The Congress party is well-aware of Arvind Kejriwal’s history. He has always been a part of the RSS-BJP plan to damage the Congress. BJP leader and in-charge of Goa Nitin Gadkariji is an outspoken man. He has said it on the record here in Goa that each vote given to AAP is a vote against the Congress and a vote for the BJP," he said.

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