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Updated: April 2, 2014 13:08 IST

Poll panel not satisfied with Pawar’s explanation

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Sharad Pawar
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The Election Commission, while deciding not to pursue the matter further against Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar over his ‘vote twice’ remarks, said it was not satisfied with his explanation.

The Nationalist Congress Party president had expressed regret for calling upon a group of head-load carriers in Navi Mumbai to vote twice — once in their village and again in Mumbai.

The BJP had lodged a complaint with the Commission soon after the comment Mr. Pawar made on March 23.

In a letter to Mr. Pawar, which was made public, the Commission expected him, as a senior politician, to be careful in future and not to violate the model code of conduct in “words/conduct.”

“Whereas the Commission has considered your reply and observed, inter alia, that you have overlooked the provisions of Section 171D of [the] Indian Penal Code, whereunder voting more than once even in your name is also an electoral offence of personation, and thus your call to voters to vote at more than one place is a violation of the law…” the EC informed Mr. Pawar.


EC asks Pawar to explain by ThursdayMarch 24, 2014

Poor man.. all that was in his mind was.. How to build a dynastic power group for his children with a bunch of thopi clad netas.. like how the Gandhis are doing..
and somewhere his tongue slipped... thats it..
and poor panels... as if the spirit of everything else that he speaks will yield morale..

from:  hemapriya
Posted on: Apr 2, 2014 at 11:20 IST

Such a mild and completely disappointing reaction of the Election
Commission to Pawar's flagrantly flippant but sinister remarks on
double voting exemplifies the root cause for repeated intransigence
by political leaders. The Assembly elections a few months ago and
now these elections are witness to very serious violations but the
only action against the offenders is a mild reproof and caution for
the future. While the particular offender may be more cautious, this
will certainly encourage others to indulge in such violations
considering that no one nor any party has faced real punitive action
to ensure that it is not repeated and has an exemplary effect. Just
about everyone is dissatisfied and displeased with Pawar's response.
One expects the Election Commission to react more strongly than just

from:  N.S.Rajan
Posted on: Apr 2, 2014 at 09:19 IST

This is how politicians get away. An uneducated man making such
comment is a different thing. However, coming from a seasoned
politician like Sharad Pawar and speaking at a public function to
ordinary working class people who may not realise the implications of
voting twice, contravening the laws, is a serious issue. Just
cautioning him has no meaning. The damage has been done. Even if one
man in the crowd listening to his speech, votes twice, it is a serious
matter. Had the same thing been done by a novice who just entered
politics, he would not have got away as Sharad Pawar has been allowed
to get away !!!

Posted on: Apr 2, 2014 at 04:55 IST
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