New Delhi: The Election Commission (EC) on Friday hit back at former Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) SY Quraishi, accusing him of ‘selective amnesia’ and reminding him that no case of Model Code of Conduct (MCC) violation during his tenure resulted in an FIR. Also Read - Delhi Assembly Election 2020: EC Imposes 24-Hour Ban on BJP MP Parvesh Verma Again
The EC’s response came five days after Quraishi, in an article for a national daily, criticised the poll panel for not filing FIRs for hate speeches delivered during the recently-held Delhi Assembly Election. He had also described the MCC as being ‘toothless.’ Also Read - 'How Can Anurag Thakur Still Hold Office,' Hits Out Mamata Banerjee After His 'Goli Maaro' Remark
In a letter to Quraishi, who headed the EC between July 2010-June 2012, Sandeep Saxena, senior deputy election commissioner, wrote, “The EC is planning to publish a compilation of actions taken against violators of the MCC in Assembly, as well as Parliament elections during last 20 years starting back from 11 February 2020, when the results of elections for the Assembly of the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi were announced. A list of MCC notices issued and action taken by the EC during the period when you were holding the office of CEC is enclosed.” Also Read - Anurag Thakur Stirs Row, Says ‘Shaheen Bagh Will be Cleared Out After BJP Comes to Power in Delhi’
“It can be seen from the enclosed list that no action was taken by the EC during your tenure as CEC, under the Representation of the People (RP) Act/153 Indian Penal Code (IPC),” the letter further stated.
The letter added that it was rather ironic as to how much ‘selective amnesia’ could mislead the people.
Writing in the daily on February 8-the day Delhi went to polls-Quraishi had cited the speeches delivered by BJP leaders Anurag Thakur and Parvesh Verma to highlight inaction by the EC against hate speeches.