Irfan Naqib asks EC to take action against BJP leaders accused of bribing scribes in Leh

Srinagar: The Congress leader Irfan Naqib on Saturday urged the Election Commission to be fair and non-discriminatory in dealing with complaints of poll code breach and said that more than a week has passed since the Press Club Leh accused the BJP leaders of offering bribe to journalists during the Lok Sabha elections.
“An inquiry into allegations has found prima facie merit in the charges and even police have lodged an FIR against the J&K BJP President Ravinder Raina and one MLC. Video footage that emerged last week purportedly showed BJP leaders handing over envelopes to journalists at the hotel ahead of the elections to the Ladakh parliamentary seat. However, the Election Commission is yet to take any action against the accused BJP leaders which speaks of its bias,” he said in a statement.
He said the Deputy Commissioner and the District Election Officer for Leh, Avny Lavasa has written to the General Officer Commanding of the HQ-14 Corps highlighting a massive violation of election practice on May 10, after allegedly army officers were telephonically asking soldiers about their voting preference.
“In a democratic setup, such incidents have no place and the EC is duty bound to take action against those violating the election code of conduct. The EC must maintain a fair, non-discriminatory, non-arbitrary and balanced approach besides ensuring a level playing field among leaders of political parties,” Naqib said.
“Modi has weakened democracy by running a one-man show while scoring maximum on arrogance and minimum on governance. In the process he (Modi) weakened the foundations of democracy. Every institution of our democracy is being systematically weakened and destroyed,” he added.