Kalyan Singh had said that Modi should be re-elected as PM.
New Delhi: In an embarrassment for the BJP, the Election Commission has found Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh’s remark that Narendra Modi should be re-elected as the Prime Minister violative of the Model Code of Conduct.
The Governor courted controversy when he told reporters in Aligarh on March 23 that everyone wants Modi to win and that it’s necessary for the country.
He said: “We are all BJP workers, so we will want the BJP to win. Everyone will want Modi to become PM again. Modi becoming PM is necessary for the nation and society.”
The Commission sought a factual report from the UP Chief Electoral Officer last week.
The EC, after examining the report, is learnt to have decided that Singh’s remarks disrupt the level-playing field, and hence, violate the MCC.
The EC plans to write to President Ram Nath Kovind to bring it to his notice.
The last time a state Governor was found violating the Code was in the early 90s when Gulsher Ahmad, the then Governor of Himachal Pradesh, was pulled up by the EC for campaigning for his son Sayeed Ahmed in Madhya Pradesh. He quit the post when the Commission expressed displeasure over the misuse of official machinery for his son’s poll campaign.