UP Govt blasts Election Commission
The Mulayam Singh Yadav government on Wednesday blasted the Election Commission in the Vidhan Parishad for its "terror tactics" during the assembly elections in the state. The government blamed the commission for the low polling percentage in the election.
The leader of the House and Family Welfare Minister Ahmad Hasan said "60 per cent voters could not exercise their franchise just because of the election commission". "Election commission ne daman kiya" (the EC has crushed the people). A highly upset minister said "those praising the commission are virtually justifying its activities". He said such EC measures were not good for healthy democracy.
The minister burst into anger over the comments of the leader of the teachers' group Om Prakash Sharma, who during the debate on the admissibility of an adjournment motion on UP board examinations, said the election commission had same powers since 1952 but they were used for the first time in the 2007 assembly election in UP. Lauding the commission Sharma said "there was neither poll violence nor booth capturing in the election". Making a dig at political parties Sharma said "they may be unhappy with the commission for strict measures but people were happy". Sharma's praise of the commission led to the outburst of the minister. Hasan claimed the Samajwadi Party would win again with "Khuda ki meharbani (with the grace of God) and people's support" but "the commission had terrorized the people".
However, Sharma intervened to say that he was not pleading the case of the election commission. Sharma said "the commission also did not require his certificate for its good work". Even though the BJP had boycotted today's sitting, Yagya Dutt (BJP) rushed into the House to raise objections over the comments against the commission. Yagya Dutt said when he had raised the commission's issue earlier the leader of the House had objected to it. Sharma however said the commission deserved full credit for a free and fair election.