Friday, June 18, 2021

With Two-Word Tweet, Rahul Gandhi Hits Out At Election Commission

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi slammed the Election Commission today with a two-word takedown of the poll body on Twitter amid a huge controversy over officials transporting an electronic voting machine (EVM) in a BJP candidate’s car in Assam and a reduction of campaign ban duration on a senior BJP leader.

“Election ‘Commission’,” Mr Gandhi tweeted in a direct attack on the poll body that has since suspended four officials and ordered repolling in one station in Assam’s Ratabari after the purported video of the EVM being carried in a BJP leader’s vehicle was circulated widely on social media.

The tweet also comes on a day when the poll body halved Assam minister and BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma’s 48-hour campaign ban for threatening to send Bodoland People’s Front chief Hagrama Mohilary to jail. The BPF was an ally of the BJP, but is now fighting the Assam election with Congress.

Mr Sarma will be able to campaign tomorrow, the final day before the third and last phase of the assembly election in Assam.

The video that showed an EVM being transported in a car that belonged to the wife of Krishnendu Paul, a BJP candidate in Patharkandi, sparked violence in Karimganj district where the seat is located.

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