The Election Commission of India (ECI) seems to be taken exception to the NITI Aayog vice-chairman Rajiv Kumar’s political comments against Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s announcement on minimum income guarantee promise. It may be recalled that within hours of Rahul’s announcement, Rajiv Kumar responded like a politician and dismissed the promise, stating that it will not be fileable to implement it.
“The proposed income guarantee scheme fails the economics test, fiscal discipline test and execution test,” Niti Aayog vice-chairman had tweeted. ECI has sent a letter to Rajiv Kumar, asking him to explain his comments wherein he had criticised Congress over minimum income guarantee promise. If reports are to be believed, Kumar has been asked to respond within two days.
According to sources, ECI wondered that how can Kuma, being party of “bureaucratic executive” makes such remarks may be violative of the model code. “He is a public servant and ideally should not have made such a statement which is seen as working to the BJP’s advantage. His comments have been sought, ” they added.