Cong hits back,says CEC went easy on BJP

Turning the heat on Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami,who had recently recommended the removal of Election Commissioner Navin Chawla....

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: February 12, 2009 11:30:47 pm

Turning the heat on Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami,who had recently recommended the removal of Election Commissioner Navin Chawla,the Congress on Wednesday accused the CEC of being “magnanimous” towards the BJP.

AICC spokesperson Manish Tewari cited the poll panel’s “inaction” on complaints about the BJP’s controversial CD on Babri Masjid and the Godhra train fire,released before the UP Assembly election in 2007,and over the death of many women in a stampede at a function to distribute free sarees on the occasion of BJP leader Lalji Tandon’s birthday in Lucknow in 2004.

“The Congress has already rejected the BJP’s allegations about Election Commissioner Navin Chawla’s bias in favour of the Congress. Today,we will cite some examples of how the Chief Election Commissioner has been magnanimous towards the BJP,” Tewari said.

Giving the sequence of events following the Election Commission’s suo motu cognizance of the distribution of the controversial CD,the AICC spokesperson said that in November 2007 the EC had written to the Chief Electoral Officer of Uttar Pradesh seeking information about the progress in this case.

The CEO wrote back to the CEC recommending that chargesheet should be filed against BJP leaders including Rajnath Singh and Lalji Tandon,among others,said Tewari. Accordingly,the EC should have met to decide action against the BJP,“including freezing of its election symbol”,he said.

“But this file went to the CEC and he closed the chapter,” said Tewari,adding that even in the saree case the CEC had taken no action. “It is clear who in the EC is helping which party. We will request the EC to review this (cases) again,” the Congress spokesperson said.

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