Indian General Elections

Congress Approaches Election Commission Over EVMs Again, Says 'no Party Can Use The Party's Name And Its Symbol Together'

Written By Apoorva Rao | Mumbai | Published:

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  • The entire Opposition including Congress, NCP, TMC, TDP on Saturday met Election Commission officials yet again this time complaining about BJP's symbol
  • Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi spoke to media about what the delegation's meeting with the EC officials

The entire Opposition including Congress, NCP, TMC, TDP on Saturday met Election Commission officials yet again this time complaining about BJP's symbol.

Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi spoke to media about what the delegation's meeting with the EC officials.

"On EVMs, the letters BJP are visible under party's symbol. No party can use the its name and its symbol together. We have demanded either remove all machines which mention BJP clearly or all other parties' names should be added in all machines. Till then the use of these machines should be totally stopped in the elections," he said.

Singhvi also spoke about the party seeking court action against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah over alleged repeated model code violations.

Senior Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi alleged that the two leaders have "cheated" on the issue of level playing field for all parties during elections and questioned the "silence of mega policeman" Election Commission. 

"We have a right to approach the courts seeking action over model code violations... we can exercise that option ... the mega policeman has turned a blind eye," Singhvi told a press conference, adding silence can be construed as approval.

Taking a jibe at Election Commission, he called it "Election Omission" and wondered whether Modi and Shah are outside the ambit of the model code of conduct, which he dubbed as "Modi code of conduct".

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He claimed that the two leaders have violated the poll code broadly under three categories: polarisation of votes, invoking armed forces in campaigns and taking out rallies on election day.

"The EC has taken taken action against several leaders for violating the poll code based on our complaints. We appreciate that. Since the precedent has been set, why not take action against Modi and Shah," he said.

Responding to questions on reported remarks by Congress leaders P C Chacko and Shatrughan Sinha on Yasin Malik and Mohammed Ali Jinnah respectively, he said while Sinha has clarified his comments, it would be better if Chacko was approached directly on the issue.

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(With ANI inputs)

 

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