MAMBAI: Firing a salvo at State Election Commissioner Neela Satyanarayan, Maharashtra Navanirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray has alleged that she was soft on Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar over the violation of the model code of conduct for the civic polls.
The SEC has warned Raj that the registration of his party could be cancelled in case he continued making derogatory remarks against the SEC or the Commissioner. “Ajit Pawar apologised and the EC accepted it. In case, the others, too, are willing to apologise (for any lapses), will the Election Commission pardon them after the apology?” questioned Raj, while speaking to reporters here on Tuesday.
“Decisions must be taken without thinking about who is on which post,” he stressed. Pawar had been accused of inaugurating developmental works even after the model code of conduct came into force. “My question was why didn’t the Election Commission take a strict stand? Shouldn’t questions be asked to the EC in a democracy? What kind of tyranny is this?” Raj questioned, while reacting to Satyanarayan’s statement.
He also reiterated that the results of the zila parishad and the Municipal Corporation polls be declared on the same day and added that he had no intention of insulting the SEC. “I felt so and hence, put forth a query,” said Raj, when asked whether he felt that the SEC was biased.
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