Congress moves Supreme Court against Election Commission’s inaction on poll violations by Modi

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The Congress on Monday moved the Supreme Court alleging inaction by the Election Commission of India on the complaints of election code violation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Congress MP Sushmita Dev sought directions to the Election Commission to take a decision on the complaints filed against PM Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah for repeated violations of the Model Code of Conduct.

The top court had agreed to hear her plea on Tuesday.

Last week, Dev’s party had launched a tirade against the biased functioning of the Election Commission saying that the Model Code of Conduct had effectively become ‘Modi Code of Conduct. The party had warned that the Election Commission’s failure to take action against Prime Minister Narendra Modi will force the Congress to move the court against the national poll body.

Taking a dig at the national poll body’s biased role, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi had said that it appeared that the Election Commission had dropped the word C from its second name and had become ‘Election Omission’ for the Modi-Shah duo.

Both Modi and Shah have come under considerable flak for repeatedly violating the Model Code of Conduct by seeking votes in the name of religion and the armed forces. While the Election Commission has punished other leaders for the same violations, they have chosen to look the other way in the case of Modi and Shah. Singhvi said that Modi and Shah had routinely violated the MCC under three categories namely polarisation of votes, invoking armed forces in campaigns and taking out rallies on election days.

While casting his vote in Gandhinagar, Modi had taken out a roadshow in violation of the MCC. “We are sad to say that the Modi-Shah duo has become a kind of an arch of immunity as far as the Election Commission’s jurisdiction goes, as far as the Model Code of Conduct goes,” Singhvi added.

Many experts believe that the kind of violation both Modi and Shah have committed, they deserved to be disqualified from contesting the elections. But the Chief Election Commissioner’s alleged soft spot for the PM has seen Modi and Shah escape any kind of punishment.

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