New Delhi, Feb.14: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesman Prakash Javadekar on Thursday accused the UPA Government of politicising the Election Commission.
"The Congress-led UPA government is committed towards one objective -- to destroy each and every constitutional authority in the country for its own narrow political gain," Javadekar said. "Media reports of rumblings in the Election Commission on the issue of notice to Sonia Gandhi have only reconfirmed our worst apprehension that it might be under partisan influence from within. On the matter of issuing notices to her, the split has become wide open," he said.
Javadekar said the "politicisation" of the EC became more apparent in the 'Maut ka Saudagar' controversy that found play during the assembly elections in Gujarat in December last year.
"Double standards were witnessed initially in the serving of notices and the subsequent differentiated language used in the expression of displeasure to the concerned leaders," he said.
"The EC should be politically detached and equi-distanced from all political parties. If the practice of appointing partisan persons as members of the EC gets established as a precedent, it will provide a temptation to future governments to pack it with their own team of servile sycophants," he said.