The Supreme Court on Tuesday taunted the Election Commission of India by saying that its recent action against country’s four high-profile politicians for poll code violations showed that the national poll body appeared to have ‘woken up to its powers.’
This was after the BSP chief and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Mayawati, approached the top court against the ECI’s decision to ban her from campaigning for 48 hours. The Supreme rejected her appeal but not before it took a dig at the ECI. The Supreme Court, according to ANI, said, “It seems Election Commission has woken up to its power and taken action against politicians.”
The Election Commission on Monday had told the Supreme Court that it was powerless to deal with the hate campaign. The top court’s jibe on Tuesday was in response to the ECI’s comments made on Monday.
Among those banned from making public speeches for limited duration by the ECI are Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, SP leader Azam Khan, former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati and Union Minister Maneka Gandhi. Both Adityanath and Khan have been banned from making any public speeches for three days during the ongoing elections for election code violations.
The ECI has often found itself at the centre of public criticism for its refusal to act against the erring politicians particularly those belonging to the ruling BJP. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has repeatedly violated the Model Code of Conduct, but the ECI has refused to act against him. This has angered many, who accused the poll body of being toothless.