CM justifies poll-eve stay in Mysore

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Monday justified his decision to stay in Mysore the day before the polling for Lok Sabha election and said that the election authorities forced him out of Mysore by “misinterpreting” the law.

In a letter to the Election Commission of India (ECI), he said he is a resident and a voter of Varuna Assembly constituency which comes under Chamarajnagar parliamentary constituency. Varuna is located about one km away from Mysore city. Hence, his staying in Varuna the day before polls does not amount to violation of model code of conduct. The election authorities’ decision to send him out of Mysore the day before polling was because of misinterpretation of law, he added.

“While the Election Commission has enormous powers in the conduct of election, such powers should also need to be exercised with due care and they should cause undue hardship to those who have equal responsibilities to be discharged in the electoral process,” he stated.

“I sincerely hope that the Commission gives due consideration to this aspect and issues proper instructions, so that misinterpretation and incorrect application of rules and instructions do not harm the individuals involved in the electoral process and possibly, vitiate the atmosphere,” he said, adding that the State government has extended complete cooperation in peaceful conduct of elections.

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