Election has taken a toll on each and every citizen of this country, irrespective of the inclination towards a political party. Criticisms and counter-criticisms are flowing across the media like wild fires it seems. Recently, Election Commission was verbally attacked by BJP, and the remark undermined the democratic polity of India, as rightly pointed out by Congress. Not only BJP, even Congress is facing several charges for personal attacks on BJP candidates.
Narendra Modi is the Prime Ministerial candidate of Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP), and he is campaigning as a candidate from the city of Varanasi. Ajai Rai, the representative of Congress and Arvind Kejriwal of Aam Aadmi Party are fighting elections from this high-profile Lok Sabha seat of Varanasi against NaMo (Narendra Modi).
The election in Varanasi is going to take place on the 12th of May 2014. People across the country are keeping a close watch on the entire election campaigning, especially the ones which have fielded famous personalities like Smriti Irani, Gul Panag, Rahul Gandhi, and Arvind Kejriwal.
BJP and its Prime Ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, were conducting the party rallies in Varanasi with magnanimous turnouts for the last few days. Almost all of the party’s integral members and activists were present in the city, to lend their full support to Narendra Modi. However, the restriction passed by the Election Commission came as a blow on the party and its members.
The Election Commission restricted BJP and Narendra Modi to conduct rallies in Varanasi. There was an almost immediate response from BJP as a whole and the members of the party displayed their severe resentment. The party members are now talking against the Election Commission’s decision of not allowing Modi to carry out his rally at this crucial time of elections. Although the restriction has drawn mixed reactions from luminaries, Congress has correctly pointed out the disrespect shown by BJP’s verbal attack on the Election Commission. Arun Jaitley of BJP commented this move as a “big blot” on the electoral process. As a whole, the saffron brigade issued a statement to say that it was done for “political reasons.”
In response to the antagonism displayed by BJP on EC’s decision, Congress slammed BJP for not following the institution’s decisions and orders. Slamming the BJP, Union Minister Salman Khurshid said that BJP was being disrespectful towards Election Commission. Salman Khurshid even said that BJP is showing “double-standard” by praising CBI for giving a clean chit to Amit Shah and at the same time calling CBI as the “hand-made of Congress”. He deeply regretted and resented BJP’s thoughts and actions towards Election Commission, as the members of BJP considered the Election Commission to have been partial and biased.
Be it a justified restriction or not, BJP’s attack on Election Commission shows disrespect and Congress party has taken a correct stance, commented several political intellectuals. The season of election is at its peak, in India and most of its phases have already been completed. Now the citizens and the various political parties are waiting for the election result, which is going to be announced on May 16, 2014. With the D-Day approaching close, people have undoubtedly developed immense excitement and craze for their respective political parties.
Opinion By Sunando Basu