VIJAYAWADA: Chief minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president N Chandrababu Naidu on Sunday accused prime minister
of violating the model code of conduct during his visit to
In a letter to Election Commission, Naidu described Modi’s posing for photographs during the visit to Kedarnath as “delusive, unfair and immoral campaign”. He sought the intervention of the EC to ensure a level playing field.
“At the conclusion of the campaigning on May 17, a press conference was organised by BJP president
and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Narendra Modi in his first-ever press conference in last five years mentioned about Mumbai Satta market that people faced huge losses as they bet big on a particular party in 2014 Lok Sabha elections basis Satta market predictions. It is alarming that the prime minister of a democratic country is making mention of an illegal occupation subsequently supporting and promoting the unlawful business in the country,” Naidu said.
Naidu said Narendra Modi went to Badrinath and Kedarnath on an official visit on May 18 and 19 and all the private activities by Modi during his pilgrimage to Badrinath and Kedarnath are being displayed and continuously telecast by all television news channels. This itself is a clear violation of the model code of conduct. It comes under indirect canvassing, influencing voters through a person’s religious beliefs and public display of his personal religious activities, Naidu said.
“It is evident that Modi, who expressed his supreme scientific knowledge guiding scientists and defence experts to go ahead with air strikes on a cloudy day, to escape from being identified by radars, is now trying to project a megalomaniac image of the Prime Minister, through various dubious activities like meditation in caves, walking in various costumes, making announcements regarding the master plan of Badrinath and Kedarnath, thus making direct references an indirect appeal to the people of specific religion, which amounts to canvassing in disguise, on a day when the polling is taking place,” Naidu alleged.
Naidu regretted that election commission, which should have stopped this, has been a mute spectator further strengthening the public believes that it has different sets of rules for the Prime Minister and BJP and the rules in vogue for other political parties.
Naidu said Modi can do all these activities, in private as per his faith at home. He also expressed “sheer disappointment” on the recent dissension expressed by Ashok
over clean chits for four speeches made by Narendra Modi and one by Amit Shah. “The callousness showed by EC in not considering minority’s decision is arbitrary and is not befitting the stature of the office of Election Commission. This clearly depicts erosion of institutional integrity,” he added.
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