New Delhi, May 16: Congress on Thursday quesstioned the Election Commission’s decision to impose a campaign ban in West Bengal.
“Election Commission has completely abdicated its Constitutional duty under Art 324 to ensure level playing field, besides negating the due process under Art 14 & 21 of Indian Constitution”, party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala, said while addressing a press conference.
“Why did the ECI postpone it’s order prohibiting campaigning by 24 hours until 10 PM today? Wasn’t ECI’s order aimed solely at giving a free pass to the 2 public rallies of PM Modi at Mathurapur and Dum Dum to be held today?
Has the MCC, originally known as ‘Model Code of Conduct’, now become Modi Code of Misconduct’, the Congress leader asked.
Surjewala alleged that the poll panel had failed to act on his party’s complaints against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah.
“The Congress party filed as many as 11 complaints with definite evidence of brazen negation of model code of conduct by PM Modi and BJP president. ECI meekly surrendered to the whims of PM Modi and Amit Shah and chose not to take any action”.
His reaction came after the election commission took unprecedented steps by invoking Article 324 of the Constitution for the first time to curtail the poll campaign period and transferred senior officials in the West Bengal government.