Rahul Gandhi, P Chidambaram accuse Election Commission of going soft on PM Modi, say 'poll body surrendered before PM and his gang'

The Congress leaders accused the poll panel of going soft on PM Modi during the Lok Sabha election.

Rahul Gandhi, P Chidambaram accuse Election Commission of going soft on PM Modi, say 'poll body surrendered before PM and his gang'
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New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi calling his visit to Kedarnath a planned 'drama' while accusing the Election Commission of India (ECI) 'capitulating before him' and not taking any action against wide-scale media coverage of his visit, even as the last phase of seven-phased Lok Sabha election was underway. 

"From Electoral Bonds & EVMs to manipulating the election schedule, NaMo TV, "Modi`s Army" and now the drama in Kedarnath; the Election Commission's capitulation before Mr Modi and his gang is obvious to all Indians. The EC used to be feared & respected. Not anymore," Rahul wrote on his Twitter handle.

Not only Rahul, even Trinamool Congress and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) have also accused the ECI of being 'soft' on Prime Minister Modi and called media coverage of his Kedarnath visit a gross violation of poll conduct.

"The election campaign for the last phase of polling for Lok Sabha polls is over, surprisingly Narendra Modi's Kedarnath Yatra is being widely covered by the media for the last two days. This is a gross violation of the MCC," TMC said in a letter to the EC. 

Meanwhile, Congress leader and former Finance Minister P Chidambaram expressed similar sentiments and said that the use of religion by a prime minister to influence voting is unacceptable. "Now we can say that the `pilgrimage` of the PM in the last two days is an unacceptable use of religion and religious symbols to influence the voting," Chidambaram tweeted. 

Congress leader stated that the watchdog has completely surrendered its independence and authority. "Our charge had been that the EC was sleeping on the job. Now, we can go further and say that the EC completely surrendered its independence and authority. Shame!" he said. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday offered prayers at the Himalayan shrine of Kedarnath, a day after campaigning for the Lok Sabha polls came to a close.

The Prime Minister on Sunday ended his 18-hour meditation session inside a holy cave of Kedarnath and headed towards Badrinath temple to offer prayers to Lord Vishnu.

Polling for the seventh and final phase of the Lok Sabha elections was held on Sunday in 59 seats spread across seven states and one Union Territory in the country. 

The counting of votes will take place on May 23.

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