I always feel proud that in our country, free and fair elections are held, offering each and every candidate an equal chance to make his/her case, and each and every citizen the opportunity to make an informed decision. But the recent Gujarat election has put me in some dilemma. On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi violated the model code of conduct by holding a roadshow after voting in the Gujarat Assembly polls. And as expected ELECTION COMMISSION REFUSED TO TAKE ANY ACTION.
Let’s get a little bit deeper, chief election commissioner Achal Kumar Joti has a national duty to complete the election process fairly. But is he doing his job properly and what about his alleged relationship with Prime Minister Narendra Modi?
An Old Friends: PM Modi And chief election commissioner Achal Kumar Joti
- Achal Kumar Joti is an IAS officer of the 1975 batch from Gujarat cadre.
- Most importantly, he served as the Chief Secretary of Gujarat during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tenure as Chief Minister of the state.
- Joti has served as the Gujarat vigilance commissioner.
- Joti has worked in various capacities in Gujarat (chairman of the Kandla Port Trust between 1999 and 2004).
- Joti was also the secretary in the industry, revenue and water supply departments in the state.
- Many Gujarat cadre officers are now occupying the top posts in India’s sprawling executive.
Why can we not question the wisdom of EC?
During Gujarat election, on several occasions, the Congress button just failed to light up, or the VVPAT didn’t match. When the Congress knocked the doors of the Supreme Court in a last-minute plea to have random checks to match EVMs-VVPATs in at least 25 percent booths in every constituency in Gujarat, the apex court shot the request down saying it “cannot question the wisdom of the EC.”