Upset CEC tells Badal to talk directly

The EC asked him to “reconsider” his position in the backdrop of the forthcoming Assembly polls in Punjab.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:January 4, 2012 12:14 am

The Election Commission on Tuesday expressed “deep dismay and disappointment” over Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s reported comments in the media where he questioned actions of the EC officials and suggested them to “act with constitutional restraint”.

The EC asked him to “reconsider” his position in the backdrop of the forthcoming Assembly polls in Punjab.

“We would request you to kindly reconsider your stated position on the working of the Election Commission of India officials,” Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi said in a letter to the Chief Minister.

“We have seen with deep dismay media reports quoting a statement emanating from you that questions actions of the Commission’s officials during the election period. The reports mention that you have solicited my intervention so that our officials ‘act with constitutional restraint’. I am particularly disappointed that you have chosen to communicate with me and the Commission through the media rather than directly for which several channels are always available,” the letter says.

Acknowledging Badal’s stature in the polity of the country,Quraishi has reasoned against his “general allegations” against poll officials underlining that it could dent the morale of the poll officials.

“If there have been any deviations in our work,we would be grateful if you bring specific cases to our notice,” he has suggested.

With ENS,Chandigarh

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