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Cannot criticise EC, elections conducted perfectly: Pranab Mukherjee

Speaking at a book launch event, the former president hailed the EC a day after Rahul Gandhi alleged the Election Commission's "capitulation" before Modi is obvious

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Former president Pranab Mukherjee speaks during the closing ceremony of ‘Tritiya Varsha Sangh Shiksha Varg’, an (RSS) event to mark the conclusion of a three-year training camp for Swayamsevaks,
Former president Pranab Mukherjee | Representative image

At a time when the is under fire from opposition parties for being biased, former president on Monday lauded the role of the poll panel saying the 2019 Lok Sabha polls were conducted "perfectly".

Speaking at a book launch event here, he said that right from the first election commissioner Sukumar Sen to the present election commissioners, the institution is working very well.

He said all the three commissioners are appointed by the executive and they are doing their job well.

Mukherjee said, "you cannot criticise them, it was a perfect conduct of elections".

"If democracy has succeeded, it is largely due to perfect conduct of elections by election commissioners starting from Sukumar Sen to the present election commissioners," Mukherjee said at the launch of the book 'Defining India: Through Their Eyes' by NDTV's Sonia Singh.

His remarks come a day after Congress president alleged that the Election Commission's "capitulation" before Prime Minister is obvious and the poll watchdog is not feared and respected anymore.

The has been criticised by the opposition parties for being allegedly biased towards the BJP.

The opposition stepped up its criticism of the poll panel after Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa wrote to the Chief Election Commissioner stating he will be recusing himself from meetings as his dissent was not being recorded on clearances given by the poll panel to the PM and BJP chief Amit Shah over alleged poll code violations.

First Published: Mon, May 20 2019. 22:56 IST