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The EC Cuts No Corners

Whether it's revision of rolls or security for the voters, nothing is being left to chance

The EC Cuts No Corners The EC Cuts No Corners

With less than a week to go before Gujarat goes to the polls on December 12, the Election Commission (EC) is putting the final touches to an election that has courted controversy ever since Narendra Modi dissolved the assembly in July this year. Despite the heated rhetoric from the VHP, the EC has stood its ground and exercised its authority to ensure not only a free and fair poll but also one which would encourage the riot victims and the minority community to exercise their franchise without fear. The EC's order banning the VHP rallies to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition on December 6 is yet another example of the commission thwarting attempts by the Sangh parivar to communalise the election campaign.

From pulling down provocative hoardings depicting the Godhra carnage to monitoring the speeches of contestants, the EC has had to keep a hawk's eye on campaigning in Gujarat. Says an EC official, "It is a cat-and-mouse game and we have done our best." According to him, the commission's job is far from over. "We are continuously monitoring the situation in Gujarat and only till the results are announced and a government is in place can we breathe easy," he says. The state has been put on a high alert till the polls are over.

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