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Narendra Modi targets Salman Khurshid over his remarks against Election Commission, Supreme Court

Friday, 14 March 2014 - 6:56pm IST | Place: Sambhalpur | Agency: ANI

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Friday lashed out at External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, over his recent remarks on the Election Commission and the Supreme Court, saying that he has insulted two important institutions of the country.

"The Election Commission works with so much efficiency. We are proud of our democracy," Modi said while addressing a rally here.

"We should be proud of our Election Commission but the External Affairs Minister is abusing it in London. He has gone to London to abuse the EC. He has destroyed its reputation. He has accused the EC of gagging the ministers, and that there are only three people who takes major decision in the EC," he added.

Modi said the reason for this criticism Election Commission is that they are looking for excuses for their certain defeat, added that they want a scapegoat whom they can blame for their defeat.

"He has attacked the Supreme Court also. He is going to other countries and is insulting two important institutions of the country there," he added.

He asserted that it is the responsibility of the Prime Minister to look into such a grave matter.

"The name of Indian National Congress should be changed to Institution Neglecting Congress. It has become a habit of the Congress to attack and abuse important institutions," he added.

Khurshid had made the comment during an event in London. He said directions issued by the EC can only ensure that a party loses elections rather that win it.

"They are only three (Election Commissioners), and they can decide which word you can use during an election campaign. The broad philosophical approach is that you should do and say nothing that wins you an election, you should try your best to lose the election," Khurshid had said.

Khurshid also urged the Supreme Court judges to stop directing parliamentarians and to get their act together.

"Judges sit, and, they say this is not to happen, and of course, go to the extent of threatening contempt proceedings against officials. Two judges can say anything about parliamentarians, that they will be allowed to contest or not, what kind of affidavit they have to file, what they can do, and so on," he said. 




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