Congress Alleges Bias as EC Searches Kharge's Helicopter in Bihar

Congress party chief Mallikarjun Kharge's helicopter was searched in Bihar during an election campaign, sparking allegations of bias by the Election Commission. The party demands the EC make public all records of such checks on leaders' helicopters, citing similar incidents involving Rahul Gandhi.

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Congress Alleges Bias as EC Searches Kharge's Helicopter in Bihar

Congress Alleges Bias as EC Searches Kharge's Helicopter in Bihar

The Congress party has accused the officials, targeting, leaders after its chief, Mallikarjun Kharge's helicopter was searched in Bihar's Samastipur during an election campaign on Saturday. The party alleged that EC officials were blocking Congress leaders while allowing leaders of the BJP-led NDA to move freely.

Why this matters: This incident raises concerns about the impartiality of the Election Commission, which is responsible for ensuring free and fair elections. If the EC is perceived as biased, it could undermine the legitimacy of the electoral process and have far-reaching consequences for Indian democracy.

The incident occurred when Kharge addressed back-to-back Lok Sabha election rallies in Samastipur and Muzaffarpur in Bihar. Congress leader Rajesh Rathorre condemned the "discriminatory inspection" and demanded a response from the EC, asking whether similar checks were conducted on top NDA targeting, opposition, leaders.

Rathorre claimed that Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's helicopter was also searched in Kerala, and now Kharge's helicopter has been searched in Bihar. A video shared by Rathorre showed the chief electoral officer of Bihar monitoring the search of Kharge's officials, targeting, opposition, leaders in Samastipur.

"The EC should clarify whether such checking of choppers of Congress leaders is routine and whether similar checks were also conducted on top leaders of the NDA," Rathorre stated. He added, "The EC should make all such records public, otherwise it will be construed that it is only targeting opposition leaders to stop them, and is letting NDA leaders go freely."

Bihar has 40 parliamentary constituencies, with the Congress party contesting 9 seats and its alliance partners fielding candidates on the remaining 31 seats. In the 2019 general elections, the NDA won 39 seats in Bihar, while the won a single seat.

The leaders, party has demanded that the Election Commission make public all records of such checks on leaders' helicopters. The incident has sparked allegations of bias, with the party claiming that opposition leaders are being targeted while NDA leaders are given a free pass in the crucial state of Bihar during the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.

Key Takeaways

  • Congress party accuses Election Commission officials of targeting opposition leaders.
  • Mallikarjun Kharge's helicopter was searched in Bihar during an election campaign.
  • Congress alleges biased treatment, citing similar searches of Rahul Gandhi's helicopter.
  • Party demands Election Commission make public records of helicopter checks.
  • Incident raises concerns about Election Commission's impartiality in Indian democracy.