Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram Sunday accused the Election Commission of being “silent spectator” to the “excesses” of the BJP and to the utterances of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying the poll body has “largely failed” the people of India.
The former Union Finance and Union Home Minister also stated the plank of nationalism, propagated by the BJP, is a ploy to hide “failures” of the NDA government.
“According to me, the Election Commission has widely failed the people of India. It has been a silent spectator to the excesses of the BJP, Mr. Modi’s utterances and the enormous amount of money that has been spent by the BJP,” he told PTI in an interview.
Currently, the opposition has complained to the EC alleging that the PM had “brazenly” violated the poll code by invoking armed forces repeatedly during his poll rallies and demanded that a campaign can be imposed on him for some time.
The Congress has said it has given 37 representations to the EC of which 10 can be categorized under “hate speeches, virulent, divisive, polarising” by Modi and BJP President Amit Shah.
In the interview, Chidambaram answered questions ranging from the possibility of UPA-III coming to power after the Lok Sabha polls, recent searches by the Income Tax department, the CBI and Enforcement Directorate on some opposition leaders, besides other issues. Chidambaram claimed that the EC has been asking accounts of every opposition candidate and even on their small spendings like on a flag.
“They (EC) are adding what it is called notional expenditure, to the expenditure account of the candidates. If you apply the same standard, every BJP candidate will be disqualified,” he stated.
Asked about the BJP raising the issue of nationalism during the campaigning, the Congress leader asked whether Indians were anti-nationals before the BJP came to power.