A livid Supreme Court hauled the Election Commission over the coals for sleeping over violations of model code of conduct by UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and BSP chief Mayawati while delivering hate speeches and seeking votes in the ongoing Lok Sabha polls on the basis of religion earlier this month. Following severe stricture on the EC by a bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, the EC was forced into a flurry of acts leading to gag some top leaders of different political parties including SP leader Azam Khan and Maneka Gandhi. Earlier, EC cut a sorry figure when it came to bell the cat and reign over the political parties which flexed their muscles at the EC.
The Court had reminded EC of its power constitutionally vested with and reprimanded it severely for failing to discharge its duties. Some top leaders already breached the model code, and they were on a spree spitting hate speeches and the EC had just become a mute witness to such speeches. Now the Supreme Court has come out to strengthen the EC to uphold the just and fair election.
The general election in the country is touted to be the largest democratic election process in the world, and every citizen must feel proud that he is somebody who is a deciding factor in installing a new government at the Centre. In this process too, the EC is the custodian to oversee just and fair election to take place. The country does not need a semblance of just and fair election, but a real just and fair election in every sense must take place and a real government out of the will of the people must come to take the country forward. In this regard, the role of the EC is greater than what it is being played now.
T K Nnadanan
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