Cong ties EC move to BJP’s in­flu­ence

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Nation - NEWS NET­WORK Prem Ta­mang


New Delhi: Congress on Mon­day said the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion’s de­ci­sion to re­duce Sikkim chief min­is­ter Prem Singh Ta­mang’s dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion pe­riod to en­able him to con­test assem­bly elec­tion was a clear sig­nal from BJP that singing praises to the Modi gov­ern­ment would earn im­mu­nity from the law. Ta­mang was con­victed for cor­rup­tion as an­i­mal hus­bandry min­is­ter and barred from con­test­ing tions for six years.

Tak­ing ex­cep­tion to the de­ci­sion, AICC spokesman Ab­hishek Singhvi joked that RJD chief Lalu Prasad should say “tussi great ho” and his fod­der scam con­vic­tions would be waived off too.

With UP gov­ern­ment clamp­ing down on a Congress protest march against “state pro­tec­tion” to for­mer BJP MP Chinmayana­nd

elecwho is ac­cused in a case of sex­ual as­sault and the Cen­tre de­cid­ing to com­mute death sen­tence to late Pun­jab CM Beant Singh’s as­sas­sin, Singhvi said there was a com­mon thread run­ning through all these mea­sures taken by the rul­ing BJP. “The ac­tions in these cases send a clear mes­sage that you are im­mu­nised from the law of the land if you chant ‘tussi great ho’ (you are great) day in and day out, and you are sub­jected to ha­rass­ment and ven­detta if you do not chant this. It ex­hibits ex­treme ir­re­spon­si­bil­ity about the law,” he said.

“I won­der how many peo­ple in the coun­try are for­tu­nate enough to get this gen­eros­ity of a gen­er­ous EC and of a su­per gen­er­ous gov­ern­ment of In­dia. I would sug­gest all such peo­ple who want this gen­eros­ity should start chant­ing a dif­fer­ent mantra,” he said.

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