EC Seeks Clarification from Jairam Ramesh on Home Minister's Alleged Intimidation Calls

The Election Commission (EC) has requested Congress leader Jairam Ramesh to provide detailed information regarding his allegations that Home Minister Amit Shah contacted 150 district magistrates and collectors ahead of the Lok Sabha vote count. The EC wants these details by 7 pm on June 2, 2024, to address the matter appropriately.


PTI | New Delhi | Updated: 02-06-2024 15:53 IST | Created: 02-06-2024 15:53 IST
EC Seeks Clarification from Jairam Ramesh on Home Minister's Alleged Intimidation Calls
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The Election Commission (EC) has sought detailed information from Congress leader Jairam Ramesh regarding his claim that Home Minister Amit Shah called 150 district magistrates and collectors ahead of the June 4 Lok Sabha vote count. Notably, the EC's letter urged Ramesh to submit the requested details by 7 pm on Sunday.

Ramesh had posted an allegation on social platform X on June 1, indicating that 'the outgoing Home Minister has been calling up DMs/Collectors. So far, he has spoken to 150 of them. This is blatant and brazen intimidation, showing how desperate the BJP is....' In response, the EC reminded Ramesh via letter that making such public statements could create doubts and deserved to be addressed in the public interest.

The EC also informed Ramesh that all officers are under its control when the Model Code of Conduct is in effect, and must report directly to the commission. However, the EC noted that no district magistrate had reported any such undue influence. The commission's letter to Ramesh emphasized that, as a senior leader, he should base such serious public statements on factual information.

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