EC failed to stop rigging, violence: Modi
Accusing the EC of failing to prevent rigging and violence in West Bengal, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, BJP leader Narendra Modi Sunday said the poll panel should not work on the basis of "which government has appointed it".
"I am making a serious complaint against the Election Commission publicly from Asansol... If the commission, in its role of an umpire, has the guts to conduct free and fair polls in the remaining two phases, it must listen to me carefully.
"The commission has failed to prevent rigging, violence in these areas," the Gujarat chief minister said while addressing an election meeting here.
"I know there was rampant rigging in the April 30 polls. Will this game continue?"
The opposition in Bengal has complained of "massive rigging" by the state's ruling Trinamool Congress during the April 30 poll in nine Lok Sabha constituencies in the state and demanded repoll at a large number of booths.
However, the commission termed the polls "free, fair and peaceful" and turned down the plea for repoll.
The BJP's prime ministerial candidate also alleged that "false cases" were being slapped against his party's candidate from Asansol, Babul Supriyo.
"It is the duty of the Election Commission to protect the citizens. I appeal to you to discharge your duties responsibly," he said.
Modi said he had mentioned some seats in Uttar Pradesh where bogus voting is taking place, but the panel failed to do anything.
"I am saying again in these areas in Bengal, Bihar and eastern UP, the same thing is going to happen. Isn't it the panel's responsibility to ensure free polls, sans rigging? Without violence? So much is being spent for the polls...."
Asking the commission what it was up to, Modi said: "The entire machinery is in your hands... you have more power than even the prime minister. Then why aren't you doing your duties? What is your thinking?"
"Which government has given you appointment, who is your boss... these cannot be the basis for the functioning of the Election Commission."
Modi said that if the polls were peaceful in Gujarat or Maharashtra, then the credit does not go to the poll panel because that happened on its own.
"But if the polls are peaceful in eastern UP, Bihar and Bengal ... if there is no rigging ... no violence ... no allegation, then the credit goes to the commission."
Modi said that if the poll panel did not like what he was saying, it was free to slap another case on him, but its representative taping the speech should send it to the election commission promptly.
(Posted on 04-05-2014)