Prime Minister Narendra Modi has landed himself in what appears to be a serious poll violation that could see his disqualification if the Election Commission holds allegations against him true. This was after a video of some men carrying a huge black box from Modi’s chopper in Karnataka’s Chitradurga to a nearby Innova car emerged on social media.
Several users shared the video on social media, where a group of men could be seen carrying a large black box from Modi’s chopper to a nearby parked car, which was not part of the prime minister’s official convoy.
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There was a Mysterious BlackBox came in @narendramodi helicopter to Chitradurga & then shifted to car, wich looked heavy.
— Prathap ಕಣಗಾಲ್ (@Kanagalogy) April 13, 2019
No sooner did the video emerge, the Congress launched an attack on Modi and urged the Election Commission to investigate the matter. Karnataka Congress President Dinesh Gundu Rao tweeted from the party’s official Twitter handle by tagging the Chief Electoral Officer in the state, “A mysterious box was unloaded from PM Modi’s helicopter at Chitradurga yesterday and loaded into a private Innova which quickly sped away. The #ElectionCommission should enquire into what was in the box and to whom the vehicle belonged.”
A mysterious box was unloaded from PM Modi’s helicopter at Chitradurga yesterday and loaded into a private Innova which quickly sped away. The #ElectionCommission should enquire into what was in the box and to whom the vehicle belonged. @ceo_karnataka pic.twitter.com/iudqT143Bv
— KPCC President (@KPCCPresident) April 13, 2019
The Janata Dal Secular, which is an alliance with the Congress in the state government, too tweeted tagging the Election Commission of India. It asked, “@ECISVEEP Officials enthusiastically checked CM @hd_kumaraswamy’s car multiple times in a day. But why isn’t @ECISVEEP concerned about the Mysterious box that was shipped from PM’s helicopter to a private car? Aren’t ECI guidelines applicable to PM @narendramodi? Need answers!”
But why isn’t @ECISVEEP concerned about the Mysterious box that was shipped from PM’s helicopter to a private car?
Aren’t ECI guidelines applicable to PM @narendramodi?
Need answers! pic.twitter.com/0DY4BohVGv
— Janata Dal Secular (@JanataDal_S) April 13, 2019
Many social media users were quick to ask if the box was carrying the much-needed black money, meant to be used in the ongoing elections. User Ashwini Kishor wrote, “What was inside black box – Balck money of Ambani and Adani for those PM @narendramodi sold nation security.” User Sadiq Barepaddi wondered if the box had tampered EVMs to replace with the ones provided by the Election Commission. He wrote, “Was it cash? Was it tampered EVMs? Was it costumes? Was it mushrooms? What were the EC observers doing? Aren’t they supposed to check everything?@narendramodi what was there in the black box? If they don’t know, can you order a probe?”
Meanwhile Times Now TV channel has come under attack for deleting its tweet that carried a link to its report on the mysterious black box story.
Many social media users also highlighted that the chopper used by Modi belonged to the Indian Air Force, which is a clear violation of the Model Code of Conduct. The Election Commission guidelines bar a politician from using official machinery while campaigning for his party after the Model Code of Conduct has kicked in.
The conduct of the Election Commission has been incredibly dubious. Experts say that if the national poll body was to act in accordance with the prescribed guidelines, Modi could face disqualification.
In 1975, the then prime minister of India, Indira Gandhi, had faced disqualification even after getting elected from Rae Bareilly for using the official machinery during the polls. While declaring her election victory null and void, the Allahabad High Court had concluded that Gandhi’s action amounted to corrupt practices.