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Congress deletes 'erroneous' tweet, says ‘sovereignty’ word was never used by Sonia Gandhi

Karnataka election: A controversy erupted over the remark with the BJP moving the Election Commission seeking an FIR against Sonia Gandhi and her party's derecognition.

Raju Kumar Edited By: Raju Kumar @rajudelhi123 New Delhi Published on: May 10, 2023 23:47 IST
Congress deletes the controversial tweet
Image Source : PTI/FILE Congress deletes the controversial tweet

Karnataka election: The Congress on Wednesday deleted the party's tweet which had "erroneously" attributed the word 'sovereignty' to former grand old party president Sonia Gandhi after Election Commission issued notice to Mallikarjun-led party. 

The Congress said the word "sovereignty" was never used by Gandhi in her campaign speech in Karnataka's Hubbali.

Election Commission issues notice

The Congress' clarification came after the Election Commission on Monday asked AICC president Mallikarjun Kharge to clarify and rectify the party's social media post on Karnataka's sovereignty remark attributed to Sonia Gandhi.

"The word ‘sovereignty’ was never used by Smt Sonia Gandhi Ji in her speech dated May 6, 2023 at Hubballi, Karnataka. Since this has been erroneously reported - it is being deleted," the Congress said in a tweet Wednesday.

The Congress shared a screenshot of Sonia Gandhi's speech in Hindi on its Twitter handle as well as a YouTube video link of the speech.

BJP moved EC

A row had erupted over the remark with the BJP on Monday moving the Election Commission seeking an FIR against Sonia Gandhi and her party's derecognition. The poll panel had asked the Congress to clarify and rectify the party's social media post.

After Gandhi addressed a campaign rally in Hubballi in Karnataka on Saturday, the Congress tweeted from its official handle: "CPP Chairperson Smt. Sonia Gandhi ji sends a strong message to 6. 5 crore Kannadigas: 'The Congress will not allow anyone to pose a threat to Karnataka's reputation, sovereignty or integrity'."

The tweet has now been deleted.

The EC letter to Kharge had come following a complaint by the Bharatiya Janata Party. 

In its complaint, the BJP alleged, "Karnataka is a very important member state in the union of India and any call to protect the sovereignty of a member state of the Union of India amounts to a call for secession and is fraught with perilous & pernicious consequences.

A former Congress chief, Sonia Gandhi is currently the Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) chairperson. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP had attacked the Congress over the issue.

(With PTI input)

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