President Ram Nath Kovind today (Thursday, April 4) forwarded to Union Home Ministry Election Commission’s report that Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh violated the Model Code of Conduct by his statement that he was a BJP worker and that Narendra Modi should be re-elected as the Prime Minister.
President Kovind, who has returned from Chile, has sent the Election Commission report to the Home Ministry for necessary action, ANI reported.
The last time a governor was found violating the Model 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.
Gulsher Ahmad quit the post when the Commission expressed displeasure over the misuse of official machinery for his son’s poll campaign.
Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh courted the controversy last week when he at a meeting with the BJP workers, had reportedly referred to himself as a BJP worker and said that everyone wanted Modi to win and that it was necessary for the country.
“Hum sabhi log BJP ke karyakarta hai aur iss naatey se hum zaroor chahengey ke BJP vijai ho. Sab chahengey ek baar phir sey kendra mein Modiji pradhanmantri banein. Modiji ka pradhanmantri banna ye desh ke liye avashyak hai, samaaj ke liye avashyak hai (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),” Singh had said.
Last week, the Commission had sought a factual report from the UP Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) over the remarks. The EC, after examining the report, decided that Singh’s remarks disrupt the level-playing field, and hence, violate the MCC.
Since Singh holds a constitutional post, which requires him to be “apolitical”, the Election Commission wrote to President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday (April 1) to bring the issue to his notice. In its letter to the President, the Election Commission highlighted how remarks of the Governor were in violation of the neutral post he holds.
Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot had also objected to the “unfortunate” remarks. He stated that Singh, as the Governor, should be non-partisan and that it does not suit the dignity of his post.
The Election Commission had sought a factual report from the Uttar Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) on Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh’s remark that Narendra Modi should be re-elected as the Prime Minister.