New Delhi: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has reportedly given clean chit to PM Narendra Modi in two more model code violation complaints, including one relating to his ‘roadshow’ in Ahmedabad on April 23 and April 9 speech at Chitradurga, Karnataka. With these decisions, Modi has been given a clean chit in eight matters.
The poll panel observed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not violate the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) by holding a roadshow in Ahmedabad after casting vote, PTI quoted sources as saying. Besides, the EC has also cleared PM Modi for his April 9 speech at Chitradurga in Karnataka where he had reportedly asked new voters to dedicate their vote for the heroes of the Balakot air strike.
On April 23, after casting his vote in Ahmedabad, Modi had walked some distance from the polling booth and interacted briefly with media persons. Following this, the Congress party had moved the EC alleging that Modi took out a ‘roadshow’ after casting his vote and made political remarks in violation of the MCC.
Earlier, one of the election commissioners, according to sources, gave a dissenting view in the poll body’s decision to give a clean chit to Modi as regards his speech at Wardha on April 1, where he attacked Congress chief Rahul Gandhi for contesting from the minority-dominated Wayanad seat in Kerala, and his appeal to first-time voters by invoking the Balakot airstrike and the CRPF jawans killed in the Pulwama terror attack in Latur on April 9.
He had also reportedly given dissent in the clean chit to Shah for his Nagpur speech in which the BJP chief had reportedly said Wayand constituency of Kerala is where majority is minority.
On Sunday two former chief election commissioners had asserted that every dissent needs to be out on record. “A dissent given by an election commissioner has to be noted in files and the complainant has a right to know whether the order passed by the Election Commission was unanimous,” former CECs asserted.
“Whether a violation of the model code of conduct is found or not, the decision is usually communicated to the complainant by a secretary. But the communication should be clear that the decision was taken unanimously or by a majority,” said one of the former CECs. He said the dissent note need not be sent along the communication, but the complainant has a right to know who dissented.
“Like in the case of Supreme Court, the dissent should be uploaded on EC website,” the other CEC said.