ELECTION COMMISSION UNDER ATTACK – FROM MODI
PM Modi puts EC in a spot, questions legitimacy of RS election
- kanwar manjit singh
PM Modi puts EC in a spot, questions legitimacy of RS election



IN REMARKS THAT are likely to leave the Election Commission red-faced, Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually questioned the legitimacy of the recent Rajya Sabha election in Gujarat, belittled the victory of "those won in the recount” and, in the process, left the EC’s reputation further bruised.
 

Modi, in a public speech telecast nation-wide on most tv channels, was primarily attacking the Congress for questioning his visit to Gujarat just before the announcement of the poll dates and criticism of the EC for not declaring on October 12 the date for Gujarat elections alongside Himachal Pradesh poll dates.

"Some of them (Opposition) are worried why Modi is coming to Gujarat after Diwali. They can't say anything to me, so they are targeting the Election Commission," the Prime Minister said, but immediately thereafter, he went hammer and tongs after the EC, too.
 
"In the recent election, votes were counted and TV channels were showing who is the victor, but they (Congress) did something after which a recount took place in which they won," Modi said, adding, "Those who won in the recount are now asking the Election Commission why Modi is going to Gujarat." This was Prime Minister Modi’s third visit to his home state Gujarat this month.
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Mainstream Indian media seems to have pulled its punches and refrained from calling a spade a spade while reporting the prime minister's speech in Vadodara on October 22.
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Clearly, Modi, speaking as Prime Minister, made it clear that he granted more legitimacy to the earlier vote count and the victors being shown on television and put in doubt the validity of the recount ordered by the Election Commission. "Those who won in the recount are now asking the Election Commission why Modi is going to Gujarat." Clearly, the victory of "those who won in the recount" is not legitimate in the eyes of the prime minister. 

How will the Election Commission react to it remains to be seen, but by all available indications, hardly a murmur is expected from the men currently calling the shots, or holding them back. After all, the EC's reasoning for not declaring the Gujarat poll dates hasn't convinced many.

While Modi said the opposition does not have "any moral right to ask this question to the Election Commission," he did negate the EC's moral standing by questioning an election carried out under intense media gaze in which Congress leader Ahmed Patel won by defeating BJP's Balwantsinh Rajput.
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Modi said the opposition does not have "any moral right” to criticise the Election Commission, he himself negated the EC's moral standing by questioning the Gujarat Rajya Sabha election outcome.
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Mainstream Indian media seems to have pulled its punches and refrained from calling a spade a spade while reporting the prime minister's speech in Vadodara on October 22.
 

As it is, the EC seems to have become a butt of jokes on the issue of non-announcement of Gujarat poll dates. While the Congress has alleged that the Modi government had pressurised the EC to hold back the announcement of Gujarat election dates to facilitate the PM's sops-shower in his home state before the model code of conduct came into force, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram posted a sarcastic tweet:

"EC has authorised PM to announce date of Gujarat elections at his last rally (and kindly keep EC informed)." 
 
Meanwhile, Chidambaram reacted to the Prime Minister's remark, saying: "Congress complained to EC before counting began. There was only one count, no recount. Ask EC." Also, in a tweet, he wondered why can't the Congress question the EC, and rhetorically asked whether people should pray to the EC.
 

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