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Why is the Election Commission silent against poll code violators?
It started with J&K Chief Minister calling his Uttar Pradesh counterpart Akhilesh Yadav to drop the sedition charges against the 67 anti-national students of a Meerut based University, who repeatedly shouted - ''Pakistan Zindabad'' slogans when India played Pakistan in a recent cricket match.

Arvind Kejriwal also came openly in support of these anti-national students. Akhilesh Yadav dropped the sedition charges and it could be said that this was the first case of poll code violation by 3 different leaders of the three different  political parties, who were trying to openly ''appease'' the minority community by doing this illegal act.

As the Election Commission did not even took note of this glaring act of poll code violation, other political leaders, pleased by the lenient attitude of the Election Commission, also tried to violate the poll code in a manner and style, unheard in the Indian politics so far.

Mocking the Election Commission, NCP Leader Sharad Pawar was heard advising his supporters to indulge in bogus voting. Samajwadi Party leader and the Lok Sabha Candidate from Greater Noida, Narendra Bhati was caught on camera stating his supporters to openly violate the poll code and he will ensure that nothing adverse is done to them.  

Despite these wrongdoings by these poll code violators, either no action or very little action was initiated by the Election Commission and every violator was left unpunished, by giving a simple warning by the Election Commission.

Seeing that no strict action is being taken by the Election Commission, Congress candidate from Saharanpur, Imran Masood  was openly caught on camera threatening BJP PM in waiting Narendra Modi to kill him. He was arrested as a matter of formality and later released on bail, but till date no action has been taken against him by the Election Commission.

Congress leader Beni Prasad Verma and Samajwadi Party Leader Azam Khan are also mocking the poll code by hurling cheapest possible abuses on the opposition party leaders. The Congress candidate from Vadodara Madhusudan Mistry was caught tearing posters of Narendra Modi and was taken into custody by the Police, off course to be released subsequently.

The latest to join the list of poll code violators is UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, who is trying to ''communalise'' the Lok Sabha elections by asking Muslim Leaders to ensure that Muslims vote should not split, meaning thereby that Muslims should vote only for Congress Party. This poll code violation was also ignored by the Election Commission. Instead of taking the suo moto action on the same, CEC Mr.V.S.Sampat was heard as saying that we will take any action once we get a complaint in writing.

BJP has already registered a complaint with the Election Commission, but is is highly unlikely that Election Commission would dare to take any strict enough action against Sonia Gandhi or Congress Party for this glaring violation of the poll code.

In Delhi Assembly Elections, AAP Leader Arvind Kejriwal distributed pamphlets in newspapers openly asking the Muslim voters to vote for his Party and not to BJP as the BJP is a communal party. This incident was also taken very lightly by the Election Commission and instead of cancellation of registration, party was let off by simply giving a warning. This inaction by the Election Commission emboldened the AAP workers and their leaders to plan a deadly attack on the BJP Headquarter recently.

When T. N. Sheshan was the Chief Election Commissioner of India - leaders were scared of violating the poll code. He was strict enough to act as a constitutional body and his style of functioning did not suit our political class. Congress Party forced the office of the Chief Election Commissioner from a single person body to multi-members body, simply with a view to diluting the authority of the CEC.

The major reason why our Election Commission is not taking any strict action against the poll code violators, is that after it became a multi-member body, it is finding itself helpless in taking strict action against the political class. It is high time that Election Commission restores its lost reputation ,respect, credibility, authority and starts to function as a constitutional body instead of acting like any other governmental department.

It is for the Election Commission to decide the punishment for the poll code violators, but the minimum punishment should be that the candidate or leader should at least be disqualified for contesting the elections for a  particular period ( say 5 years) and maximum punishment could be to disqualify the candidate for life time and cancellation of the registration of the political party, depending on the magnitude of the violation of code.

Leaders of any political party would not hesitate to take advantage of the leniency shown by the Election Commission, which is against the principles of democracy and Election Commission is here to take strictest possible action,, instead of issuing simple warnings.

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