Congress questions EC for suspending poll official who checked PM Modi’s chopper

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The Congress on Thursday questioned the Election Commission (EC) order suspending a high-ranking poll official deputed to Odisha for allegedly checking the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s chopper and said EC rules “do not exempt” PM’s vehicle from being checked.

“An official was suspended by ECI for doing his job of inspecting vehicles. The rule cited governs the use of official vehicles for campaigning. It 𝑫𝑶𝑬𝑺 𝑵𝑶𝑻 exempt PM’s vehicle from being searched,” Congress party tweeted.

“What is Modi carrying in the helicopter that he doesn’t want India to see?” Congress questioned.

The Congress accused the EC of “bias” after it suspended Karnataka cadre IAS officer Mohammed Mohsin for what the poll panel said was “dereliction of duty” with regard to “SPG protectees”.

The opposition party said instead of checking all flights of leaders, the EC was acting against its officials.

“After the case of the mysterious box being moved from Modi’s chopper, we’d have expected the Election Commission of India to investigate every flight. But suspending an official who did this reek of bias,” the Congress said in another tweet.

Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel took to his twitter account and tweeted, “There have been instances where during polls EC was allowed to check convoys of both current & the former Congress President SPG protectees can’t be frisked personally Why suspend an officer for checking PM’s chopper? What message is being sent? Law is special for some ?”

“The question is simple. If SPG protectees of the Congress party can be subjected to inspection why is the same not applicable to the BJP ?” he added.