Give details of the 150 DMs whom Amit Shah called… Election Commission sought a response on Jairam Ramesh's claim

Ananya Shroff
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New Delhi : The Election Commission on Sunday sought factual details from Congress leader Jairam Ramesh regarding his claim that Union Home Minister Amit Shah had spoken to 150 district officials and collectors over the phone before the counting of votes for the Lok Sabha elections on June 4. In a letter to Ramesh, the Commission has asked him to share details of his claims by 7 pm on Sunday.

What did the commission say?

The commission said that till date no district magistrate has reported experiencing any undue influence. However, the poll body, given the gravity of the allegations levelled by a senior leader, insisted on obtaining specific details to settle the issue in the 'larger public interest'. The process of counting of votes is a sacred duty cast on every RO (Returning Officer). Thus, such public statements by a senior, responsible and experienced leader create an element of suspicion and hence should be expunged in the larger public interest, the letter said. It said, though no DM has reported any undue influence, the EC has sought details and information from Jairam Ramesh of 150 DMs who have been influenced by Amit Shah, as alleged by Ramesh. Ramesh believes this to be true, and hence has made these allegations.

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Reference to Jairam's earlier post

The EC cited Jairam Ramesh's post on 'X' on June 1 in which he claimed that the outgoing home minister was calling district officials/collectors. So far he has spoken to 150 of them. This is an open and blatant threat that shows how desperate the BJP is. It should be clear that the will of the people will prevail and Modi, Shah and the BJP will be voted out of power on June 4. 'Bharat Janabandhan' will win. Officials should not succumb to any pressure and must uphold the Constitution. They are under surveillance.
(With agency input)

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