Bihar poll challenging; CEC defends Rao
CEC BB Tandon on Sunday came out in strong defence of EC Adviser KJ Rao who has been under attack from Congress and RJD in the wake of his tough handling of poll irregularities.india Updated: Nov 20, 2005 18:35 IST
Maintaining that holding assembly elections in Bihar was "challenging", Chief Election Commissioner BB Tandon on Sunday came out in strong defence of EC Adviser KJ Rao who has been under attack from Congress and RJD in the wake of his tough handling of poll irregularities.
"To hold elections in a peaceful, free and fair manner in Bihar is a very difficult task. It was a challenge", a visibly relaxed Tandon said a day after the conclusion of the month-long elections in the state.
The Commission was "satisfied" with its performance and the "credit goes to the people of the state", he said.
RJD leader Prem Chand Gupta and senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh had recently met the EC to protest certain remarks of Rao.
"Rao, who was a member of two-member team of special observers in Bihar, has done commendable work. People, candidates and even the press appreciated his work. The Commission is satisfied with his work," Tandon said.
The CEC said the feedback received by the Commission showed that Rao performed his duties "very impartially" and in a "fair manner".
Wherever action was required, it was taken against all those who were found to be violating the law or the model code of conduct, he said.
To a question on what type of difficulties that the poll panel encountered during the elections, Tandon said "lot of difficulties. The biggest was to ensure security and to tackle Naxals. Non-bailable warrants were not executed".