Election Commission rejects Jairam Ramesh’s electoral interference allegations

The Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar responded sharply to allegations made by Congress leader Jairam Ramesh regarding Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s alleged contact with 150 district magistrates after the conclusion of Lok Sabha elections. Rajiv Kumar emphasized, “It’s not right to spread a rumor and doubt everyone.”

| Updated: 03 June, 2024 6:23 pm IST

New Delhi: The Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar responded sharply to allegations made by Congress leader Jairam Ramesh regarding Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s alleged contact with 150 district magistrates after the conclusion of Lok Sabha elections. Rajiv Kumar emphasized, “It’s not right to spread a rumor and doubt everyone.”

He challenged Ramesh to provide evidence, stating, “Can someone influence them all? Tell us who did this. We will punish the person who did it.” The Election Commission, rejecting Ramesh’s request for an extension, demanded details supporting his claims by 7 pm.

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Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri rebutted the allegations, affirming that the Home Minister doesn’t directly engage with district officers. In light of exit polls favoring the BJP, Jairam Ramesh accused Shah of intimidation, labeling it as “blatant and brazen” interference in the electoral process.

The Election Commission, in response, urged Ramesh to substantiate his claims before the vote count, emphasizing the sanctity of the process and the need to maintain public trust.

Rajiv Kumar reiterated the demand for evidence, stating, “Those leveling allegations should say which DM was influenced, and we will punish them.”

The Election Commission underscored its preparedness against external interference but noted the seriousness of internal allegations. “Officers should not get under any pressure and must uphold the Constitution,” Ramesh asserted.

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The Commission’s rejection of Ramesh’s request and its insistence on evidence underscore its commitment to a fair electoral process.

The counting of votes for the seven-phased Lok Sabha elections is scheduled for June 4th, amid heightened scrutiny over the integrity of the process.

The Election Commission’s steadfast stance against unsubstantiated claims underscores the fundamental principles of accountability and transparency in democratic governance. By demanding evidence before taking any action, the Commission upholds the integrity of the electoral process and ensures that baseless accusations do not undermine public trust in the democratic system.

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