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Ordinance on “Right to Accuse” sent to the President for approval

04, Nov 2013 By trishanku

Soon after Rahul Gandhi received the notice sent by Election Commission in response to the complaint by BJP on his riot remarks, the core group of the Congress party went into a secret huddle.

Deeply incensed by the language of the notice : “The Commission is prima facie of the view that your aforesaid speeches are violative of above-referred sub paras (1), (2) and (3) of Para 1 of the model code of conduct for political parties and candidates. The Election Commission of India calls upon you to explain by 11.30 hours on November 4, 2013 as to why action should not be taken against you for the above-mentioned violations of the model code of conduct,” , it has decided to take on the EC in a subtle way.

After immediate consultation with its two principal allies, viz. BSP and SP, it asked the government to bring in an ordinance allowing the political parties the freedom to accuse each other without having to bother about proofs.

The Congress party spokesman, Mr Ajay Maken informed the press that the government has accordingly prepared the draft of an ordinance which gives the authorized office bearers (not more than five) of every political party of India the right to accuse each other, and it has been sent for approval to the President.

He hoped that it would be signed on this Saturday and thereafter EC will not have the right to question any leader on the speeches given in political rallies. A bill named “Right to Accuse” based on this ordinance would be presented in the winter session of the Parliament. He was quite hopeful that it will be approved unanimously, since all political parties have been feeling strangulated by the onerous model code of conduct being imposed by the EC.

“This code of conduct has taken the zing out of elections. No posters, no dance dramas, no gifts, no late night shows, and now no criticism, how far will EC go? Any citizen of India is free to accuse politicians of any crime – corruption, rape, murder and what have you , but if a politician says something, he is hauled by EC. This is unfair and discriminatory, and to remove this discrimination this ordinance is being brought.” he said with great anguish.

When a reporter pointed out that there was no ban on posters or dramas, but only a limit had been put, he said it is against this carping attitude that RTA act is necessary.

Responding to another reporters query whether this act would be named after Rahul Gandhi, as “RGRTA” he said no such decision has been taken as yet. “In my personal opinion, it should be named after our senior leader Digvijay Singh as DVSRTA” he added.

FN correspondent has learnt that even BJP might support this new act in the Parliament to avoid similar embarrassment to its PM nominee who is also prone to accuse Congress leaders of various misdemeanours.