Pranab Mukherjee praises EC for 'perfect elections'

New Delhi, May 21: Taking a totally different stand on the Election Commission (EC) from that of the Congress, former President Pranab Mukherjee lauded the poll body for smooth conduct of the recent Lok Sabha elections.

Talking to the media in the capital on Monday, Mukherjee hailed all the EC chiefs have the body over the years, asserting that the recently pools have been conducted ina perfect manner.

"If we want to strengthen the institutions in this country, we have to keep in mind that the institutions are serving the nation well. If democracy has succeeded in India, it is due to a large extent to the perfect conduct of elections by all Election Commissioners starting from Sukumar Sen to the present Election Commissioners. All ofthem have been appointed by the executive and they are doing their job well. You can't criticise them. The elections were conducted in a perfect manner," he said.

"All the institutions are working fine. These intuitions have been built over the years. I do believe that only a bad workman quarrels with his tools. A good workman knows how to utilise them," he added.

Mukherjee also praised the wholehearted manner in which the entire country took part in the recent elections.

"As many as 67.3% of the voters decided to participate in this Lok Sabha election. That is more than 2/3rd of the elctorate. After many years, I was also able to cast my vote in a booth as a common citizen," he said.

Several opposition leaders, including Congress chief Rahul Gandhi have accused the Election Commission of toeing the line of the ruling BJP led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi despite its constitutional responsibility of ensuring a level playing field for all candidates.

Apart from Gandhi, several others including Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president Chandrababu Naidu have also accused the election body of favouring the BJP while raising suspicion over the functioning of the Elctronic Voting Machines (EVM).

The have also accused the EC of going easy on Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah despite allegations of poll code violations against the duo.

News24 Bureau

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