Rajasthan governor violated code by calling for re election of Modi as PM EC

Apr 2 2019 10:10AM

Rajasthan governor Kalyan Singh remark where he appealed voters to re-elect Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister violated the Model Code of Conduct, the Election Commission has found. The Election Commission also wrote to President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday night to bring the issue to his notice. In its letter to the President, the Election Commission highlighted how remarks of the governor were in violation of the neutral post he holds. According to the Indian Constitution, a governor is a neutral post who is supposed to hold a neutral stance and not side with any political party. Rajasthan governor Kalyan Singh had sparked a row when he said on March 23 that the BJP should emerge victorious. "We all are BJP workers and we want the BJP to emerge victorious. We want Modi ji to become the PM once again. It is important for the country," governor Kalyan Singh had said in Aligarh. Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot had also objected to the "unfortunate" remarks. He stated that Singh, as the governor, should be non-partisan and that it does not suit the dignity of his post.

The Election Commission had sought a factual report from the Uttar Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) on Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh remark that Narendra Modi should be re-elected as the Prime Minister.

The post of governor is constitutional and in democracy it is expected from governors to be non-partisan and maintain distance from party politics. It is really unfortunate that Singh has made such statements which do not suit the dignity of the post he is holding," Gehlot had tweeted.

"Personally we have the utmost respect for Shri Kalyan Singhji. He is not only Governor of our state but is a very senior leader too," Gehlot said.

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