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Published On: Sun, May 19th, 2019

“EC: Not anymore feared & respected: ” Rahul Gandhi

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Rahul-Gandhi-4-696x392NEW DELHI : Congress president Rahul Gandhi launched a fresh attack on the Election Commission just as the Lok Sabha polls ended today, alleging that it had yielded to the ruling BJP despite having the constitutional responsibility of providing a level playing field to all political parties.
“From electoral bonds and EVMs to manipulating the election schedule, NaMo TV, Modi’s Army & now the drama in Kedarnath; the Election Commission’s capitulation before Mr Modi & his gang is obvious to all Indians. The EC used to be feared & respected. Not anymore,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted.
From Electoral Bonds & EVMs to manipulating the election schedule, NaMo TV, “Modi’s Army” & now the drama in Kedarnath; the Election Commission’s capitulation before Mr Modi & his gang is obvious to all Indians.
On the final phase of polling for the Lok Sabha election on Sunday, Congress president Rahul Gandhi accused the Election Commission (EC) of “capitulation before Prime Minister Narendra Modi”.

Mr. Gandhi said the panel was no more feared and respected, and cited examples of its bias. “From electoral bonds and EVMs to manipulating the election schedule, NaMoTV, ‘Modi’s Army’ and now the drama in Kedarnath — the Election Commission’s capitulation before Mr. Modi and his gang is obvious to all Indians. The EC used to be feared and respected. Not anymore,” Mr. Gandhi tweeted.
“If continuous telecast of these activities of the Prime Minister is not stopped, it could affect the level playing field envisaged by the model code of conduct,” Mr. Naidu said.
Soon after Rahul Gandhi’s tweet emerged, Congress leader P Chidambaram hit the social media platform to air his grievances against the poll body too. “Our charge had been that the Election Commission was sleeping on the job. Now, we can go further and say that it completely surrendered its independence and authority. Shame!” he tweeted.
Earlier today, Chandrababu Naidu had accused the election body of ignoring the “minority decision” while finding PM Modi and Amit Shah innocent of poll code violations. He was referring to the Election Commission’s decision to not register the dissent expressed by one of its members, Ashok Lavasa, in issuing the clean chits.

Amit Shah and the Prime Minister were accused of bringing up topics forbidden by the Election Commission – such as the recent air strikes in Balakot and references to the armed forces as “PM Modi’s Army” – in their election campaigns.
Being a senior politician of this country who has seen many years of the functioning of the Election Commission and being the party president of TDP for last 25 years, I am appalled at the failure of this constitutional authority to conduct free and fair elections in the country.
Why does the EC have a soft corner for BJP? The Prime Minister of this country who has never had the courage to face the questions of national media is sheltering candidates like Pragya Singh Thakur who insulted the father of the nation. BJP has managed to shock us yet again.
Chandrababu Naidu also asked the Election Commission to stop the “continuous telecast” of PM Modi’s visits to the Kedarnath and Badrinath shrines since yesterday. The poll body had allowed him to undertake the trips with a reminder that the Model Code of Conduct was still in place.
The Trinamool Congress had turned out to be one of the strongest critics of the Election Commission during the polls, repeatedly accusing it of toeing the BJP’s line irrespective of the circumstances. Even last night, with just hours to go for the final phase, Mamata Banerjee had asked the poll body to ensure peaceful and impartial voting in the state without any “interference” from the BJP-led centre.(With Agency Inputs ).

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