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CPI-M writes to EC, demands action against PM for Balakot claim

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The CPI-M on Sunday wrote to the (EC) demanding action against for making claims about his role in the air strike in a television interview and said that they violated the model code of conduct.

In the letter addressed to Sunil Arora, CPI-M leader accused the of making "outrageous claims" on the air strike in a television channel.

"The interview wherein gave out operational details of a sensitive military mission, with a purpose to influence the voters during the silent period of the campaign, needs to be recorded and acted upon by the Commission," Yechury said.

During a television interview aired on Saturday, claimed that the Indian (IAF) was in two minds to carry out the air strike in in due to adverse weather conditions.

The claimed that the experts were in favour of deferring the strike, but he overruled them. The cloudy sky, Modi said, could be advantageous as the IAF planes would then escape detection by Pakistani radars. Modi also said he relied on his "raw wisdom" to dispel the doubts of the experts.

Yechury said the statement and the behaviour of were in clear violation of the model code of conduct. In his letter, Yechury also said there were reports that Modi had again used the armed forces to seek votes at a rally in Kushinagar in on Sunday.

"We have raised similar incidents of violating the norms in the past too, but the Commission seems to think that Shri Modi and Shri are above the electoral process and the model code of conduct does not apply to them," Yechury wrote.

"Modi's words are truly shameful. Most importantly, because they insult our as being ignorant and unprofessional. The fact that he is talking about all this is itself anti-national; no patriot would do this," Yechury had tweeted after the interview was aired.

In another tweet, Yechury said, "National security is not something to be trifled with. Such an irresponsible statement from Modi is highly damaging. Somebody like this can't remain India's PM."



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First Published: Sun, May 12 2019. 18:54 IST