The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Election Commission (EC) have criticized Congress leader Sonia Gandhi over her recent remarks on sovereignty, which the BJP claims compromise national sovereignty. Gandhi made the comments during a virtual meeting with party workers in Karnataka ahead of the state's assembly elections in 2023.
The BJP accused Gandhi of being unpatriotic and said that her comments were an attempt to appease a particular community for electoral gains. The party also alleged that the Congress had a history of compromising national interests for political gains.
The EC warned against making statements that could influence the outcome of elections and called on all political parties to adhere to the model code of conduct. The commission said that it had taken note of Gandhi's comments and would take appropriate action if necessary.
Gandhi's comments have sparked a political row, with the BJP and Congress trading barbs. The BJP has accused the Congress of playing divisive politics and said that it was trying to create a rift between communities.
Meanwhile, the Congress has defended Gandhi's comments, saying that she was only highlighting the need to protect the sovereignty of the country. The party also accused the BJP of trying to divert attention from its failures in governance.
The Karnataka assembly elections are expected to be closely contested, with the BJP seeking to retain power in the state. The Congress is hoping to stage a comeback after losing power in 2018. The polls are scheduled to be held in 2023.
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