Puppetry is Congress' art, they made PMO a puppet: BJP


While demanding action against PM Modi, the Congress alleged that Mr Joti was behaving like Mr Modi's principal secretary and accused the EC of acting as a "puppet of the BJP government". "A desperate prime minister facing defeat in Gujarat holds a roadshow with BJP flags, flagrantly flouts the Constitution and the code of conduct".

Surjewala further said when the Congress Party went to the Election Commission to speak about it (Prime Minister Modi's road show) "they asked us to come after 5.00 pm".

The EC said the Congress had sought time and was supposed to meet its officials at 1 p.m. on Thursday, but no party representative turned up.

In New Delhi, Congress workers took out a protest march against the EC and the Prime Minister's "roadshow".

According to the election commission, 22.2 million people are eligible to vote in the final phase of the elections.

The opposition Congress party was led by president-elect Rahul Gandhi, part of India's oldest political dynasty, who is hoping to make a comeback in this important state.

The Congress also denounced Modi's "roadshow" after voting in Ahmedabad on Thursday.

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Surjewala dubbed the order "discriminatory" and an attack on free speech and said the EC can not have different yardsticks to apply the Model Code of Conduct (MCC). He was address by hundreds of supporters who were at the polling booth to catch a glimpse of the Prime Minister.

The Congress was also upset that the EC had directed the Gujarat chief electoral officer to take action against channels, which telecast Rahul's interview in poll-bound districts. Joti was principal secretary and chief secretary in Gujarat when Narendra Modi was chief minister.

Acting on a complaint filed by the BJP, the poll panel held that the interview telecast by the channels "violated" the Model Code of Conduct on the day before the last phase of the elections on Thursday.

"The way Modiji is doing road shows with the help of Election Commission shows that the puppet EC has shut its eyes while the constitution is being blasted every moment".

Rupani's comment is eerily similar to the Amit Shah's statement in the run-up to Bihar Assembly election in 2015.

The saffron party had drafted several top leaders including Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, Uma Bharti, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Smriti Irani. Surjewala alleged the rules were different for the Congress and the media on the one hand, and for the prime minister and BJP leaders on the other.