SRINAGAR, Apr 17: Alleging that the Election Commission of India has been avoiding displeasing BJP, senior Congress leader Prof Saifuddin Soz on Wednesday said that the ECI started taking some action against violators of Model Code of Conduct (MCC) only after Supreme Court’s push.
“The general feeling in the country is that the ECI has been seriously avoiding any annoyance to the BJP. The people also know that it (ECI) has hardly come full circle in the discharge of its duty to the Nation,” Prof Soz said in a statement issued here today.
He said ‘until the other day, it was visibly not interested to say or do anything against any BJP member, who had violated the code of conduct, openly’.
“Didn’t Yogi Adityanath make statements, one after the other, that were loaded with communal narrative,” he asked.
He said after the SC’s prod, ECI has started, at least, issuing mild warnings around its campus.
“Almost all members of the National Opposition and the general public feel anguished that the attitude of ECI is openly pro-BJP. Otherwise, how can ECI be party to, for instance, selective raid on the house of DMK leader Kanimozhi. Since ECI was party to the raid, the entire country feels bewildered, he alleged.
“Doesn’t PM Modi continuously bring in Armed Forces to show his bravado? What is ECI doing in that respect,” he asked.
“As for J&K State, the ECI is prepared to do anything at the behest of Ruling Elite in Delhi. Didn’t ECI watch silently the actions taken by the NIA in Kashmir, around the election time,” he added.