India Against Corruption
CHIEF ELECTION COMMISSIONER ABDICATES HIS REPONSIBILITY
In a media interview ,
that was published on 21st
March,2015, Chief Election Commissioner Mr. H.S.Brahma has said that law is not a panacea for poll ills. Confessing that money power plays role in
elections and business and money are
involved in the election process, he has said
that law is not going to solve any problem and people should be told
that in their own interest , they must vote for the right person.
Obviously, by the
above confession, Chief Election Commissioner
expresses his inability to ensure fair poll, which make one
wonder as to what is the Chief Election
Commissioner for ?
The problem today is
not due to lack of laws but inability and unwillingness of Election Commission
to enforce the law in letter and spirit. Election Commission rarely punishes
the politicians who violate the model code of conduct and often ends up in
issuing warnings which no politician seems to take seriously. Election
Commission today is viewed as a barking dog that seldom bite.
Even when Election Commission seizes the money that may be meant for bribing during the polls, it does not follow up the matter and punish the concerned political party but simply leave the matter to the Income tax authorities. What has the Election Commission done about the allegation that AAP received Rs. 2 crores , during the recent Delhi polls from fictitious source. Election Commission's deafening silence in the matter indicates it's attitude to it's responsibility.
Bribing of voters has
become the order of the day in several states including Tamil Nadu. Several such
instances have been brought to the notice of Election Commission during the
elections but it has
often ignored them fearing the
politicians. This is so, since Election Commissioners owe their positions to
To cut the long story
short, one instance is enough to show
the weak approach of the Election Commission. A notorious by election in Tamil took place in
Tirumangalam a few years back, when money was distributed openly to the voters.
The then Chief Election Commissioner himself admitted this disgusting scenario
but he did not move ahead to countermand the poll. Obviously, he lacked the
courage of conviction , inspite of the fact that the Election Commission is a
constitutional body with great
Now, in Tamil Nadu politicians use the term “Tirumangalam
formula” ,as one sure method for winning
The statement of
Chief Election Commissioner that law is inadequate and he is helpless deserves
strong criticism and condemnation. Obviously, we need Election Commissioners
with greater sense of determination and commitment to the national cause of conducting free and
fair elections at any cost.
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