Election Commission condemned for using ‘BJP’s language’ against AAP

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India’s Election Commission on Sunday surprised everyone when it shot off a strongly-worded letter to Aam Aadmi Party asking it to introspect why it had lost Punjab instead of questioning the authenticity of EVMs.

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The Aam Admi Party is free to file an election petition in the state high court if it wants to verify votes cast in Punjab polls with data of paper trail, the Election Commission said.

It added that it was for the AAP “to introspect as to why your party could not perform as per your expectations and it is unfair on your part to attribute unsatisfactory poll performance of your party to the alleged tamperability of EVMS.”

However, the intemperate language used by a constitutional body did not go down well with many politically neutral journalists on social media. What many found baffling was the language of the ruling BJP used by a constitutional body, which was expected to function as neutral.

The party had moved the Election Commission (EC) over reliability of the machines and the results of Punjab polls.

AAP had won 20 seats out of 117 in Punjab assembly polls and emerged as the largest opposition party. However, the number fell way short of Arvind Kejriwal’s claim of winning 100 seats.

EVMs had come under scanner once again after a report on the machine malfunctioning in Madhya Pradesh’s Bhind district in the presence of the state’s Chief Electoral Officer. The video of machine favouring the BJP had gone viral prompting the EC to launch a probe and order the removal of both the District Magistrate and the Superintendent of Police.

Fresh allegations have been levelled against the EC that the faulty EVM favouring BJP was the same machine that was used in UP’s Govindnagar during last month’s polls. The BJP had won from this constituency.

Suspicions are being raised on the integrity of two election commissioners, Achal Kumar Jyoti and Om Prakash Rawat. While Jyoti worked in Gujarat government as a close aide of Narendra Modi, the then chief minister, Rawat had previously worked as principal secretary in Madhya Pradesh’s BJP government.

In light of the EC’s response on Sunday, social media users wondered if this was the best the Election Commission could reply in response to serious allegations of EVM tampering.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Unfortunate indulgence of EC. Instead of carrying out a reasonable corrective action for impartial holding of future elections after the possibilities of tempering of EVMs has been proved, he is becoming his masters voice in condemning the persons who are Persuing for the corrective action to be taken by EC. Is he not interested in ensuring the holding of impartial election machinery or does he want to oblige those who made him EC by ignoring the tempering and helping them get their team declared elected and form the Govts by technological tempering. If not then let him not get defamed by rebuking those wanting impartial elections by use of temper proof methods. Hope he will not let the democracy fail the requirements of free and rigging free elections.

  2. Rbi staff salary is stated to be doubled for their support to De/Remonitisation perhaps. Election comission can also be similarly rewarded for E V M? coopration. .

  3. EC WORK IS TO CLEAR THE DOUBTS OF THE CITIZENS AND NOT TO ADVICE ANY POLITICAL PARTY. EC SHOULD REPLY WHAT IS ASKED AND NOT TO ADVICE. EC WORK IS TO REPLY AND NOT TO ADVICE.

  4. Ashamed of EC response? Instead of speaking like BJP supporter,they should act like a constitutional body?Ask the doubters to adopt constitutional remedies without indulging in politics? Shame on you?

  5. When things do not go our way we find fault with everything.AAP is well advised to introspect.BJP’s roller coaster victory is pinching the vanquished.This is people’s verdict not EVM’s.AAP is adivsed of the option and they are free to stake their claim,if they are convinced of their stand.If they keep on tarnishing everything,they do not become dearer and nearer to the people.

  6. It is really shameful on the part of constitutional body like EC to talk like an opponent political leader.This attitude on the part of the EC clearly shows that they have lost their credibility as neutral body.They appears to be working on behalf of the BJP. In fact when there are so much of uproars over the manipulations in the EVM, the EC should come out with the open mind and satisfy the doubts & queries. But they have done away with their utmost duty to the people of India and are talking like a political leader. When atleast some solid evidences have come up and in particular the one at Bhind, MP,the EC should call all party meeting on the issue and get the things setteled down.The best way to clear the smoke over the issue is to have the ballot papers system in place.

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