EC warns against public meeting; Modi to address military commanders in Dehradun

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Dehradun, Jan 21, 2017: Massive opposition criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the Combined Commander’s Conference in poll-bound Uttarakhand capital Dehradun by saying it is an attempt by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to take political advantage.

The Election Commission of India has warned the Defense Ministry to ensure that “The official visit shall not be combined with any public meeting…no media briefing, media interaction, press release, announcement in connection with serving soldiers or ex-servicemen, which may affect the voters in five poll going states, including Uttarakhand, should be made.”

These conditions come after the Congress complained to the Commission that the BJP may use the event to influence former and serving defence personnel to gain an upper hand in the five poll-bound states — Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur, Punjab and Goa.

According to media, “Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat had slammed Modi saying that ‘in the pretext of government works the Prime Minister should avoid visiting those states that are going to the election. It is not a good tradition.”

The conference is usually held every year and inaugurated by the prime minister, but this is the first time it is being held at the IMA in Dehradun.

Wefornews Bureau

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