According to usually unreliable sources there is a deep crisis in the Election Commission (EC). The members of the EC are split and in serious contention. The split has been caused by the BJP deputy leader in the Lok Sabha Mr. Gopinath Munde.
As may be recalled on June 27 while addressing a public gathering Mr. Munde announced that he had spent Rs 8 crore in his last election which was far in excess of what is allowed by law. Mr. Munde defiantly told the audience that he did not care if the EC unseated him for daring to speak the truth. He wanted to cleanse the system and pointed out how poll expenses had multiplied exponentially since he first entered politics. Mr. Munde was praised by several party colleagues for acting as the whistleblower to end the scandalous difference between what is actually spent during elections against what is claimed by candidates.
Not surprisingly EC sought an explanation from the BJP Deputy Leader in Lok Sabha. But surprisingly, instead of repeating his publicly delivered assertion to the EC Mr. Munde made his response by instructing his lawyer to draft a suitable reply. In his reply through his counsel Mr. Munde has denied having spent RS 8 crore and said that he was indulging in mere rhetoric. The EC that is interested in arriving at its decision based on truth is placed in a quandary. All its members are divided about what is the truth.
One member believes that Mr. Munde’s expenses as originally declared in his return must be correct because it was filed under oath as an affidavit. A senior leader of the BJP would not file a false return under oath. The second member differs. He believes that Mr. Munde’s assertion on June 27 was the truth because it was made as a crusader interested in cleansing the system. A crusader would not lie, the member said. The third member believes that Mr. Munde’s explanation through his counsel was the total truth. Mr. Munde as a politician must have indulged in rhetoric. A senior politician would not speak anything but the complete truth when delivered through a lawyer responding to an official inquiry.
Now the divided EC cannot determine when Mr. Munde was lying – when he filed his election expense return, when he addressed the public on June 27 or when he responded to the EC through his counsel. According to unreliable sources the EC members are burning the midnight oil trying to clear this mystery.
Each member is sticking to his own theory. However the office peon confidently advised our correspondent:
“All three members are wrong. It is pointless trying to decide whether Mr. Munde lied on the first, the second or the third occasion. He must have lied on all three occasions. He is a politician. Politicians lie all the time.”
The peon wisely added: “In politics you can never know the truth!”