A delegation from the Indian National Congress party took its grievances to the Election Commission, expressing concerns over three distinct issues. The allegations include a renewed complaint against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, accusing them of violating the Model Code of Conduct (MCC). This MCC is a set of guidelines for political parties and candidates to adhere to in the run-up to elections.
Allegations of Model Code of Conduct Breach
The Congress party is alleging that both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah have breached the MCC with their comments. The specific remarks referred to have not been disclosed. These allegations, if substantiated, could have serious implications for the two leaders and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Concerns Over Postal Ballots
Another issue raised by the Congress party pertains to the alleged tampering of postal ballots in Pallaghat, Madhya Pradesh. The party has sought immediate action against the concerned District Electoral Officer. In response to the complaint, the Election Commission ordered the suspension of the Nodal Officer in Balaghat and directed the District Election Officer to conduct an inquiry. The local administration, however, maintains that the postal ballots were merely being sorted and arranged assembly constituency-wise.
‘Silence Period’ Circumvention in Telangana
The final concern brought to the Election Commission's attention is the alleged circumvention of the ‘Silence Period’ in Telangana by the ruling Bharat Rashtra Samithi. The Congress party claims that the party had specific information that BRS cadres planned to spread across the state wearing pink T-shirts and sarees donning the colour, logo, and symbol of the BRS during the “silence period”.
The Election Commission has assured the Congress party that appropriate action will be taken in response to their complaints. The Congress party's move to approach the Election Commission underscores the ongoing scrutiny over election practices and the enforcement of rules designed to ensure fair campaigning.