EC sets up panel to examine whether Prime Minister’s address to nation on Wednesday violated model code of conduct

Taking the complaints of opposition parties and leaders under consideration, Election commission of India has appointed a panel to examine whether Prime Minister’s announcement of the success of Mission Shakti was against Model code of conduct.

An Election Commission spokesperson told news agency PTI that a poll panel has directed a committee of officers to examine the matter immediately in the light of the model code.

Accusing the PM of violating the Model Code of Conduct, the CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said relevant scientific authorities like the DRDO should have been allowed to make the announcement as election campaigns are on in which the PM himself is a candidate.

Yechury wrote a letter to the EC saying that everyone would like to know why the EC allowed the “achievements of Indian scientists to be politically coloured during the course of the general elections.”

Joining the Chorus, Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy said he would like to know whether the government informed about the address to the nation by the Prime Minister asked whether the permission was received. He further targeted the PM saying that he is seeking votes by “taking credit for a work done by someone else.”

West Bengal CM and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee also said that the nation was addressed by the PM to reap political dividends and termed the whole episode as “limitless drama and publicity mongering”.

India demonstrated its anti-satellite missile capability on Wednesday when it shot down a live satellite. The test was conducted at 11.16 am on Wednesday and the PM made the announcement after an hour. The timing of this address to the nation has been questioned by the opposition parties and many leaders said that it was done to gain political traction to save the sinking ship of the saffron party.