High offices taking a partisan stand: AAP slams CEC Rawat
NEW DELHI: A day after the Delhi Assembly passed the resolution of inquiry into the deletion of names from the voter list, the AAP slammed the Chief Election Commission OP Rawat who in a media report claimed, "When AAP claim proved wrong, they said inquiry farcical". "At the outset, the AAP is shocked and surprised that a high constitutional functionary has taken a partisan stand and made statements that are patently contrary to records and facts," said Raghav Chadha, National Spokesperson and South Delhi Lok Sabha Incharge of AAP.
He added that Rawat will doubtless recollect that in a meeting with CM Arvind Kejriwal, the national convener of AAP, on November 2, the EC agreed to put up a list of deletions and additions on its website till the latest date, and to get inquiries done into the deletions by way of a videographed survey in the presence of representatives of parties.
"However, the EC surprisingly removed even the existing (admittedly incomplete list) from its website, which list was accessible and last accessed by AAP on November 16. Shockingly, the list on the website was removed on the day the survey was to be conducted," said Chadha.
He also said that even though the AAP maintains that the survey was a farce, and has addressed a letter to Rawat in this regard, the AAP was awaiting the report of the survey before issuing any public statement. Given the restraint exercised by AAP out of deference to the constitutional office of the learned Chief Election Commissioner, it comes as a shock that Rawat has chosen to go public with the letter, and further make statements contrary to records and facts without even releasing the report of the survey.
"To reiterate, the AAP had exercised restraint in the matter out of deference to Shri. Rawat's high constitutional office as the Chief Election Commissioner, out of respect given his assurances to the National Convenor of AAP Shri. Arvind Kejriwal on 2nd November, 2018, and since the report of the survey has not been made public," Chadha observed.
Meanwhile, slamming the AAP's statement MP Manoj Tiwari said, " apprehensive of its defeat in the next Loksabha elections the Aam Aadmi Party has become frustrated due to the Chief Minister Kejriwal is going to be rejected by the people because of falling popularity of the party during the last few years. In order to cover up his failures in his tenure of three and half years in Delhi and failure to fulfil its promises made to the people of Delhi, Kejriwal is trying to mislead the people of Delhi on the pretext of deletion of names from the voters lists."