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Congress tells EC to derecognise BJP

The Congress urged the EC to 'derecognise' the BJP for trying to inflame communal passions with a controversial CD, reports Saroj Nagi.

india Updated: Apr 10, 2007 00:42 IST
Saroj Nagi

The Congress on Monday urged the Election Commission to ``derecognise’’ the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for trying to inflame communal passions with a controversial CD. It also alleged that BJP president Rajnath Singh’s ``ugly drama’’ of seeking to court arrest over the CD was meant to ``undo’’ its commitment to the Election Commission that it had withdrawn it.

A Congress delegation comprising Kapil Sibal, Devendra Nath Dwivedi, Ashok Gehlot, V Narayanswamy and Ranji Thomas demanded that the EC itself fully investigate the CD controversy or get it done by an agency by exercising its penal powers.

The Congress leaders had gone to the EC to participate in the hearing on the CD that has now been postponed to Wednesday.

The delegation told the EC that the BJP’ action was aimed at spreading ill-will, disharmony and hatred, casting aspersions on the loyalty of a community and creating public mischief. These violate the provisions of the Symbols Order, the Representation of the People’s Act and the Indian Penal Code, the delegation said.

``We brought to the EC’s notice the nature, content and purpose of the CD…The CD is intended to inflame passions, create hatred, enmity and ill will between different sections, malign muslims through innuendos…Let no one be befooled that the top leadership was not aware of the CD. It was conceived, conceptualized, scripted and choreographed by them,’’ Dwivedi told newspersons later. He appealed to the BJP not to make the CD an election issue.

The former Additional Solicitor General of India rejected the BJP’s contention that the EC did not have the authority to ``derecognise’’ a political party. ``It displays the party’s ignorance,’’ he said, pointing out that the violation of the Symbols Order or the model code of conduct amounted to derecognition.

However, as there is no precedent, the consequences of derecognition---should it happen—is still an unknown territory.
``But this issue transcends the ongoing election in UP. For a long time there has been communal amity. The CD issue has once again revived memories of the manner in whci the BJP has sought to polarize society in Gujarat,’’ said Dwivedi. He was also apprehensive that despite its claims of having withdrawn the CD, the saffron party would have distributed it at the ground level to polarize the voters.

The CWC invitee also picked holes in the BJP’s tirade against Election Commission Navin Chawla. He alleged that as part of its game plan the saffron party would further denigrate the EC.

First Published: Apr 10, 2007 00:41 IST