Modi Violated MCC By Giving TV interview 8 Hours Before Polls, Invoking Armed Forces: Sitaram Yechury Writes to EC
“The Commission, however, seems to think that Shri Modi and Shri Amit Shah are above the electoral process and the Model code of conduct does not apply to them.”
CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury wrote to Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora on May 12, urging him to take strong action against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for once again invoking Balakot airstrikes and talking about ‘killing militants’ in Kashmir, in an attempt to sway voters.
Modi’s interview to News Nation was released on the night of May 11, despite election commission (EC) rules that require a 48 hour silence period — i.e., no campaigning, advertisements, or publication of interviews on digital mediums — before polling day.
In the letter, Yechury pointed out that PM Modi divulged sensitive military operational details when the latter claimed that he personally approved the cross-border Balakot airstrike because ‘clouds would provide (IAF jets) cover from radars’
The CPI(M) leader also mentioned Modi’s May 12 speech at Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh, where the PM said, “Today terrorists were killed by our Army in Kashmir. Now some people are worried as to why did Modi kill the terrorists when voting is underway? An armed terrorist is attacking, do my jawans go to the Election Commission to seek permission to kill him?”
Yechury said that the PM was mocking the EC with such flagrant violations, and pointed out how Modi claimed that he killed the terrorists and not the armed forces.
The letter said, “His (PM Modi’s) behaviour and statements are in clear and deliberate violation of the guidelines which were reissued and reiterated by the Election Commission… which made it clear that the armed forces … cannot be a subject for hyperbolic and false claims by any party for garnering votes.”
“We have brought similar incidents of his violations to your notice earlier in the past too. The Commission, however, seems to think that Shri Modi and Shri Amit Shah are above the electoral process and the Model code of conduct does not apply to them. This has been noted by myriad cartoonists, newspaper editorials and commentators,” it further added.