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The senior Congress leader and former finance minister P. Chidambaram, on Saturday, alleged that the Election Commission of India (EC) over its soft monitoring the electoral expenditure limits of campaign rallies addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Chidambaram on Sunday, also accused the Election Commission of being a silent spectator to the excesses of the BJP and to the utterances of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying the poll body has largely failed the people of India.

“According to me, the Election Commission has largely failed the people of India. It has been a silent spectator to the excesses of the BJP, Modi’s utterances and the enormous amount of money that has been spent by the BJP,” he told PTI in an interview. The former Union Finance and Union Home Minister also said the plank of nationalism, propagated by the BJP, is a ploy to hide “failures” of the NDA government.

Addressing a press conference, he also said that as much as Rs 10 crore is spent on every rally of the PM. “Unprecedented expenses for the PM’s rallies. About Rs, 10 crore is spent on each rally. The EC is failing the people of the country,” Chidambaram alleged.

Maharashtra Congress president Ashok Chavan, who was also present at the press conference, demanded that the EC probe Friday’s incident in Dhule where a box was brought out of an aircraft ferrying Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu. Earlier on Friday, while speaking to reporters in Shirdi, Prabhu had dismissed a video clip which claimed that a mysterious box was taken out of a plane carrying him when it landed at Dhule in Maharashtra.

Recently, the opposition had complained to the EC alleging that the PM had “brazenly” violated the poll code by invoking armed forces repeatedly during his poll rallies and demanded that a campaign ban be imposed on him for some time. The party also said it has given 37 representations to the EC of which 10 can be categorised under “hate speeches, virulent, divisive, polarising” by PM Modi and BJP President Amit Shah.

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