EC gives clean chit to Modi on ‘Mission Shakti’ address
"The Committee has therefore, reached the conclusion that the MCC provision regarding misuse of official mass media is not attracted in the case"
March 29 (IANS) The Election Commission on Friday ruled that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address to the nation announcing the successful test of anti-satellite missile (A-SAT) did not violate the model code of conduct (MCC).
In a letter to CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechuri, whohad filed a complaint over the issue, the poll-panel said that the committeeheaded by Deputy Election Commissioner Sandeep Saxena had submitted in itsfindings that the MCC provision regarding misuse of official mass media was"not attracted" in the said case.
It added that the Commission had accepted the findings ofthe committee.
The poll panel said the committee received specific commentsfrom Doordarshan and All India Radio (AIR) on the issue and while the formersaid the Prime Minister's message was telecast on DD News from the feed asprovided by news agency ANI, the latter responded that the audio output of DDNews was used for dissemination over All India Radio Network.
The two broadcasters further said the address was not givenlive by them.
"The Committee has therefore, reached the conclusionthat the MCC provision regarding misuse of official mass media is not attractedin the case," the poll panel said.