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Sitaram Yechury writes to EC on Modi’s cloud theory about Balakot airstrikes

Sitaram Yechury writes to EC on Modi’s cloud theory about Balakot airstrikes

Writing to the Election Commission, CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in an interview to a TV news channel, gave out operational details of the Balakot air strikes to influence voters.

The Hindu quoted Yechury as saying, “This interview wherein Mr. Modi gave out the operational details of a sensitive military mission, with a purpose to influence the voters during the silent period of the campaign needs to be recorded and acted upon by the Commission.”

Mr. Yechury added that Modi’s behaviour and statements were in clear and deliberate violation of the guidelines which were reissued and reiterated by the Election Commission before the first round of polling, which made it clear that the armed forces which belong to all of India, cannot be a subject for hyperbolic and false claims by any party for garnering votes.

In an interview, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he suggested that clouds and rain can prevent Pakistani radars from detecting Indian fighter jets during the Balakot air strike, therefore, despite a cloudy weather, he gave a go ahead.

Mr. Yechury said Mr Modi seems to be mocking the Commission by violating all rules, codes and guidelines with impunity with damaging consequences for our democracy.

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