Both EC, PM missed opportunity; Naveen scored like a statesman: Quraishi

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NEW DELHI: Former Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi has termed Election Commission’s suspension of an IAS officer for checking Prime Minister’s copter as ‘unfortunate’.

Quraishi said the raid on Modi’s chopper should have been used to demonstrate that law is equal for everybody.

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It’s a missed opportunity both for EC and the PM to restore their image, Quraishi added. Everything would have been eliminated in one go, he said.

Taking to his Twitter handle the former Chief Election Commissioner praised Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for his ‘statesmanlike conduct’.

Patnaik had cooperated thoroughly and thanked the EC flying squad officials after the checkup.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s helicopter was checked by EC flying squad personnel in Rourkela on Tuesday.

It is worthwhile to mention that EC had suspended IAS officer Mohammad Mohsin for checking Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s helicopter at Sambalpur in Odisha as a violation of norms in dealing with SPG protectees.

The poll body took the action against Mohsin, the general observer of Sambalpur, on the basis of a report submitted by the district collector and deputy inspector general of police.

Modi had visited Sambalpur to address an election rally on April 16.

The Congress had criticised the EC’s action against Mohsin, a Karnataka cadre IAS officer, saying the rules do not exempt PM’s vehicle from being searched.

The Aam Aadmi Party also took a dig at Modi in a tweet.

It said: “The chowkidar lives in his own protected shell! Is the Chowkidar trying to hide something.”

Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel also took strong objection to the EC suspension of the official and asked what message is being sent through the action.

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