EC’s Fairness Compromised: Former Bureaucrats Najeeb Jung, Julio Riberio Write To President

NEW DELHI  12 Apr 2019

Sixty-six former bureaucrats have written to President Ram Nath Kovind, expressing concern over the credibility and functioning of the Election Commission for failing to deal with alleged cases of poll violations, particularly those involving the ruling party.

A senior functionary of the EC said the poll panel will respond to the letter most likely on April 12 to put forth its views on the issue.

“At the moment, the commission is caught up with the first phase of polling on April 11. Moreover, it is also dealing with the aftermath of the Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh,” the functionary said.

The instances cited by the former bureaucrats include Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the nation about the successful launch of India’s first anti-satellite weapon (A-SAT), release of web-series “Modi: A Common Man’s Journey” and the “lethargy” in respect of the poll commission’s action on the launch of NaMo TV channel.

Referring to the instance of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath dubbing the Indian Army “Modi’s Army”, the bureaucrats said strongest action was required from the EC to “nip such cavalier statements in the bud”, but it “contented itself in the present case with a mild reprimand to the UP CM”.

“We write to express our deep anguish that the Election Commission of India, which has had a long and honourable record of holding free and fair elections despite the enormous challenges of scale and complexity, is suffering from a crisis of credibility today,” the letter said. ( PTI )