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Election Commission failed to stop rigging, violence in West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh: Narendra Modi

Sunday, 4 May 2014 - 2:38pm IST | Agency: PTI

Accusing Election Commission of inaction, BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi today said the poll panel failed to check violence and rigging during elections in West Bengal, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

"I am putting serious allegations against you (EC). You have failed to stop rigging and violence in these areas. False cases have been filed against our candidate Babul Supriyo. Election Commission's work is to protect people. I request you to fulfil your responsibilities in the right way," Modi told an election rally here in support of Supriyo, the party candidate from Asansol seat.

The poll watchdog, he said, has all the government machinery at its disposal and more powers than even the Prime Minister. "Then why are you not acting? It is your responsbility to ensure impartial polls. I am making very serious allegations," Modi said.  "Democracy doesn't work like this, I know that in the elections on May 30 how much rigging took place. Will this game go on?".

Modi recalled that he had said in Uttar Pradesh too that in some areas problems relating to the polls would take place. "But Election Commission could do nothing. Today I am saying it again. Is it not the responsiblity of the Election Commission that elections should be peaceful?," he added.

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