The recent clean chits by the Election Commission to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah over allegations of poll code violations by the opposition were not unanimous, NDTV has learnt.
A high-ranking source in the Election Commission told NDTV that on five occasions, one of the three commissioners dissented with the majority view to let PM Modi and Amit Shah off the hook for their comments.…
The five rulings where one of the commissioners dissented with his two colleagues include two separate instances where the Prime Minister sought votes in the name of the martyrs of the Pulwama terror attacks, in speeches in Maharastra and Karnataka and two separate instances where the Prime Minister questioned Rahul Gandhi’s selection of the Wayanad Lok Sabha seat as pandering to minorities, in speeches in Maharashtra.…In all its decisions so far, there has not been a single reprimand against the PM or Amit Shah.
- Full EC hasn’t discussed any PM complaint since April 5 (Apr 30, 2019, Indian Express)
- Elections 2019:PM Modi Gets Clean Chit From Poll Commission On “Nuclear Button” Remark (May 2, 2019, NDTV)
- EC Hands out Fourth ‘Clean Chit’ to Modi, but Uploads No Details on Website (May 4, 2019, The Wire)
- Fourth clean chit: EC lets off PM Modi for ‘majority-minority’ speech in Nanded (May 3, 2019, Indian Express)