Modi’s announcement row: EC directs committee to examine violation of Code of Conduct


New Delhi, March 27 : The Election Commission has directed a Committee of Officers to examine that whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi has violated Model Code of Conduct with his announcement on India acquiring anti-satellite weapon capabilities.

After the entire Opposition submitted a complaint to the Election Commission accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of violating the Model Code of Conduct by announcing an Indian scientific achievement in space amid an election campaign in which he himself is a candidate.

The Election body acted and said, ” Matter related to address of the Prime Minister to the Nation on electronic media today afternoon has been brought to the notice of ECI.The Commission has directed a Committee of Officers to examine the matter immediately in the light of Model Code of Conduct.”

The action came in response to a written complaint submitted by the CPI(M) over PM Narendra Modi’s address to the nation today on “Mission Shakti”.

“This announcement comes in the midst of the ongoing election campaign where the PM himself is a candidate. This is clearly a violation of the Model Code of Conduct,” the letter stated.

Election Commission officials said they will find out if “national security” can be invoked by the ruling NDA over its urgency for PM Modi’s address.

Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora has instructed EC officials to carefully analyse PM Modi’s address’s transcript and that another review will likely be taken on Thursday.

The ECI will look into the “origins” of the address to find out if preparation and coordination were done in the Prime Minister’s Office or the defence ministry.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said, “What was the need for Modi during the time of election to violate the model code of conduct and take the credit? Does he work there? Is he going to space?”

Sharpening her attack she opined that the press conference regarding Mission Shakti should have been done by the DRDO, not the Prime Minister who has not addressed the media ever in his tenure.

“Scientists should have announced it, it is their credit. Modi ji has never met the press otherwise in his tenure. We will go to the Election Commission to complain against this. Anyway, only one satellite was destroyed, that wasn’t necessary as it was lying there since a long time and it is the prerogative of scientists to decide when they want to do it,” Banerjee added.

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