Narendra Modi’s fierce attack on Election Commission on Thursday drew sharp condemnation from Congress and JD(U) which dubbed the criticism as “outrageous and unjustified” and an indication of its “desperation”.
The BJP Prime Ministerial candidate escalated his attack on the EC, questioning the institution’s neutrality
and accusing it of “not being impartial”.
“I have a feeling that the BJP is getting a bit desperate. That is why it is making these outrageous attacks
on the EC. The EC has allowed them to carry out their other events, then why should they take umbrage because just one event is denied”, Congress leader and Finance Minister P Chidambaram told reporters at the AICC headquarters here.
- Varun Gandhi Under Attack Over Defence Deals: Here’s How
- This Diwali, Let Blind Students Brighten Up your Homes With Candles & Diyas
- CBI Files Supplementary Chargesheet In Sheena Bora Murder Case
- Soha Ali Khan And Vir Das Starrer 31st October Audience Reaction
- Sahara Chief Subrata Roy’s Parole Extended Till November 28
- Simple Tips To Secure Your Debit Card From Fraudsters
- New Zealand & India Team Being Welcomed In Chandigarh
- Mumbai Call Centre Scam: All You Need To Know
- Jammu Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Appeals To Police: Here’s What She Said
- Shocker From Ahmedabad: Find Out What Happened
- Bigg Boss 10 Day 3 Review: Celebs Fail To Do Well in First Task
- Airtel Offers 10GB Data At Rs 259 For New 4G Smartphone Users
- Aamir Khan Starrer Dangal’s Trailer Launched: First Impressions
- TMC Supporters Attack BJP Leader Babul Supriyo
- Sri Lankan Navy Apprehends 20 Indian Fishermen
Hitting out at Modi, he said when the Prime Ministerial candidate of a political party makes “outrageous comments against the EC, it speaks more about him rather than the EC.”
“I don’t think it diminishes the authority of the EC, rather it reveals the character of the person making the
allegations”, he said, adding that the authority of the EC must be measured by the outcome of the polls, the turnout, violence or absence of it and not by the allegations levelled by somebody.
Holding that by and large, the elections have taken place peacefully, he said the EC has done a “tremendous job, a splendid job”.
At the same time, he said there are some aspects of rules and regulations which people can disagree with, but the overall job done by the EC is tremendous.
Chidambaram’s remarks came as BJP mounted an all- out attack on the EC over refusal of permission to Modi for holding a rally in Varanasi.
JD(U) also hit out at BJP and Modi, saying it would be difficult for the country to function if institutions like EC are made a poll issue for political gains.
“Protesting against the EC is alright but making it a election issue and sitting on dharna for that is not correct. It is unjustified. If somebody sits on dharna against Supreme Court, how will the country function. EC is an institution just like that,” JD(U) president Sharad Yadav said.
Yadav said he was also denied permission on many occasions for holding public meetings in Varanasi but he had made it clear that the moment he would set foot in the city he would not hold dharnas to protest and instead conducted meetings in small rooms and halls.