Leaders unruffled to violate election model code of conduct
06 April, 2014
While every second news update on our televisions relates to politics, every third, nowadays, relates to the violation of model code of conduct. What makes leaders so stout-hearted that they publicly challenge the laid down standards?
to note, two eminent codes under the model code of conduct read (1)
No party or candidate shall indulge in any activity which may
aggravate existing differences or create mutual hatred or cause
tension between different castes and communities, religious or
linguistic, and (2) Criticism of other political parties, when made,
shall be confined to their policies and programme, past record and
remember the incidence when a minister in the MP state government was
slapped with a notice for disregarding the model code on October 18th
2013. He was accused of distributing money during campaigning and
criticizing the EC code of conduct in public. The next news I heard
was his 6th
win in the state elections. Shocked was I; however the incident was
question that strikes is ‘Is EC incapable of ensuring stringent
actions against such violations, or does EC let such infringements
occur?’ Surely, the state is critical and calls for immediate
rectifications so as to uphold the integrity of the process of
electing public representatives. Mentioned hereunder are a few
straight and severe violations followed by a conclusion.
was uncomplicated for NCP chief, Sharad Pawar to advice voters to
erase the ink mark and indulge in illicit voting both at Santara and
Mumbai constituency. Later, Pawar claimed that his statement had a
tinge of satire. The defilement, as usual, occasioned for an
off-the-cuff warning by the EC.
SP leader motivated supporters not to care about the EC’s model
codes during elections as the state is run by the SP and hence any
cases against violators would subsequently be withdrawn. The
inclusion of special treatment of cases against Muslims by judiciary
bodies in the manifesto of AAP has crossed every imaginable limit of
prominent incidences include Sonia Gandhi’s appeal to the Muslim
leaders for ensuring that the community votes do not split,
Meghalaya’s CM Mukul Sangma misusing the public transport chopper
service during the campaign for Daryl Momin, Raj Babbar extending the
stipulated time during his roadshow, and Kejriwal violating the code
by not seeking prior police approval for his roadshow in Gujarat. As
per PTI, nearly 55,000 complaints were received by the EC till 19th
March for model code violations, not a figure to be proud of.
is expected out of a constitutional body that is responsible to
ensure fair and unprejudiced process of voting? Definitely, the EC
has to stand tough and make its sturdy presence felt. Swift
cognizance of defaults must be guaranteed followed by severe penal
actions. Political leaders and parties must not only be warned of
their violations, the violators must be debarred from contesting.
Defined strategy and laid down procedures are the need of the hour.
To uphold the honor of the democracy, the EC has to part with the
laid-back attitude and has to deliver examples that can threaten
those who are fearless of laws and authority.
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A Chartered Accountant by profession and Director on the board of Punjab National Bank (PNB), General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC) and Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (REC). Dr. Sunil Gupta is working flawlessly for the economic and social prosperity of India.