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Is Model Code Of Conduct applicable unequivocally?
Narendra Modi on 30th April 2014 after casting his vote undertook an impromptu news conference for around 30 minutes, where he shown intentionally the lotus symbol answering various queries. Commonsense says that Modi taken the advantage of live telecast of his interview by media and influence the voters to vote for BJP or the symbol he held high!

After complain, EC ordered to file FIR against Modi and the channels that aired the interview. Point is simple whether such complaint has any merit in the eye of law? I am a key observer of the electoral developments; according to me Modi did a blunder in that PC!

But the defenders have their own logic. Let me put their logic. How can Modi know that there is a live telecast? He just answered the queries of news people! If Modi is guilty what about those who assert their party’s winning chance and they are equipped with clotting/caps that display the election symbol!

But again let us take on couple of issues of violation of model code of conduct! First is no se of derogatory words against competitors and no indecent insulting addresses! Modi’s address ‘Maa-Bete ki Sarkar’, Shezaada, madam etc violation of the model code of conduct! At the same time  “merchant of seath’, ‘Poison farming’ etc are terms that never can be concealed as better rival terms. Thus all parties violated the decency and after receiving millions of applications/petitions/complaints, EC acts selectively!

Let’s disqualify Modi on account of the impromptu PC, and then we have to cancel Rahul for attacking personally and Sonia for using the term ‘jahar ki kheti’! All others can be cancelled following a closure scrutiny of their vicious comments!

Point is very simple, is the violation of code o conduct is maintainable? Modi’s interview on a polling day attracts two FIRs. First on Modi and second on the TV channels that aired it live. Better solution would be even model code of conduct should have been extended o media.They should have been advised not to air leaders’ interview on a polling day!

Again, the question arises what about print media? Every newspaper carried big advertisements on a polling day that should people voted! Ok, this can be solved if media asked for black out of voting day. Both TV media and print media get lot of money in terms of advertising. Who would pay the compensations?

Finally a simple logic, If 2nd is the voting of a particular part of Country where as rest of country is subjected to campaigning, comments. Sops and promises reaches to the voting part of the country which otherwise is banned!

Point is very simple. It’s easy to list guideline for model code of conduct. But because of ambiguity in terms used, the way those are applied, the limited power of EC, Court’s unchallenged power, wrong use of democracy and finally wrong and selfish/arbitrary interpretation of democracy there is always chance of misleading the traditions, culture and facts.

I am of the opinion that Narendra Modi shouldn’t have breached model code of conduct. At the same time, what’s model code of conduct? Is it ambiguous?

Well there are some options. Media should be barred to telecast anything on a voting day! No media should be allowed to take bite on a voting day! The media blackout should be there in a voting day irrespective of the fact whether there is any voting in that part, voting completed or voting is yet to be done!

In nutshell implementing gag order to media on a voting day. But again democratic question arise how media can be restrained! An interesting case occurred witnessing me. There were defects identified in the ponds of water treatment plants of Cuttack Municipal Corporation. Advocate general asked as to why CMC failed to fix the problem. Answer was simple that although they identified the problem, they can’t call a tender because of model code of conduct. Advocate general asked what about departmental execution because of urgency.  Officers answered that opponents will go to court citing vested interest in departmental job! Cuttack is a coastal city and its ground level is lower than that of surrounding rivers. Thus in the name of Model Code of Conduct, Cuttack is set to face flood like situation even if surrounding rivers are dry!

In my opinion T.N.Shesan model should have been implemented which ensures democratic system without affecting citizens’ comfort. Problem is political parties want their dictate to be followed. That’s why problems are being generated and pointed to us. I am not ready to accept injustice. Do you ready?

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