Act against PM for poll norms violations, Yechury urges EC Apr 23, 2019 0 1377 12345 IANSNew DelhiCPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury has urged the Election Commission to act against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “constantly flouting” guidelines that matters of national security should not be used as fodder for election speeches.“We see that the Prime Minister is constantly flouting those guidelines and violating principles which have been laid down as ground rules for all political parties and leaders to follow,” Yechury said in a letter to Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora. “We believe that you have taken cognisance of his speeches in Latur where he called for a vote in the name of Pulwama martyrs, although the details of disciplinary action taken against him are still awaited. “Moreover, we are yet to hear on when he would be asked to refrain from insulting the Commission’s guidelines, vitiating the electoral process and, therefore, our democratic exercise.”Yechury pointed out that the Election Commission had issued clear guidelines on how matters of national security and actions of the Indian armed forces should not be used as fodder for election speeches by the ruling party. The CPI-M leader pointed out that on April 21, on the last day of election campaigning in Gujarat, Modi said had Pakistan not returned the Indian Air Force pilot, it would have been a ‘qatal ki raat’ (night of slaughter). “Modi has been irresponsible and callous in going to the extent of calling for use of nuclear weapons,” he said. At an election rally in Barmer on Sunday, Modi said: “India has stopped the policy of getting scared of Pakistan’s threats. Every other day they used to say ‘we have nuclear button, we have nuclear button’. What do we have then? Have we kept it for Diwali?”Yechury wrote: “The brazen, reckless invocation of armed forces, armed action and then threats of nuclear war, as something that is a partisan political act he would push for and something on the basis for which a vote is sought, in our opinion, even further compromises the integrity of the electoral process as laid out by the Election Commission.“Allowing the Prime Minister, a candidate in Varanasi and the star campaigner for the ruling BJP, to constantly seek to appropriate the valour of the armed forces and seek votes directly violates the Model Code of Conduct and misusing his office of Prime Minister, for electoral reasons. RELATED ARTICLES India shares ‘all evidence’ against JeM’s Azhar with China for his blacklisting Apr 23, 2019 0 425 15 Indian states go to polls in third phase of Lok Sabha elections today Apr 23, 2019 0 389 Lawyers for ‘full court’ to hear charges against CJI Apr 23, 2019 0 402 Modi’s nuke threat highly irresponsible: Amarinder IANS Jalandhar Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder on Monday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement on India’s nuclear arsenal was “highly irresponsible”. Urging people to support the Congress’ ‘jung’ (war) for .. Rahul regrets attributing ‘chor’ remarks to SC IANS New Delhi Explaining his remarks on the Rafale deal, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday expressed regret for attributing his “Chowkidar Chor Hai” remarks to the top court and said he has incorrectly done so in .. Rahul’s nomination from Amethi valid: EC Lucknow: In a major relief to Congress President Rahul Gandhi, the Election Commission has declared as valid his nomination from the Amethi Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh. An independent candidate on Saturday .. British aid worker, Nigerian man shot dead at resort; four tourists abducted AFP Kano Two people including a British aid worker have been shot dead and four tourists abducted in an attack by armed gunmen on a holiday resort in northwestern Nigeria, police said on Sunday. Police and aid agency Mercy .. Malawi to pilot groundbreaking malaria vaccine AFP Lilongwe Malawi will on Tuesday spearhead large scale pilot tests for the world’s most advanced experimental malaria vaccine in a bid to prevent the disease that kills hundreds of thousands across Africa each year. ..