As the Tamil Nadu government awaits the Centre’s views on its proposal to release the seven convicts serving time for former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination, the Election Commission of India on Friday said it would take an “appropriate view” to ensure voters are not influenced by the decision.
Addressing the media, chief election commissioner Nasim Zaidi declined to comment on whether the commission would approach the ministry of home affairs on the issue.
The AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu has sought the Centre’s view on the release, even as the Centre has said it will abide by the Supreme Court’s decision.
Zaidi was responding to a question on the course of action that the commission will follow as the code of conduct has already come into effect ahead of the assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Kerala and Puducherry.
The proposal to remit the life sentence of the seven has been dubbed as unfortunate by the Congress.
The Supreme Court, had in December 2015, blocked the release of the seven convicts, pointing out that the Tamil Nadu government had no power to remit their sentences without the Centre’s consent.