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Rajasthan Governor must resign: Chidambaram

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New Delhi, Apr 6 : After the Election Commission of India (ECI) found that Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh and NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar violated Model Code of Conduct (MCC), senior Congress leader and former Finance Minister P Chidambaram demanded their resignation.

“Governor Kalyan Singh and NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar must resign immediately. After the indictment by the Election Commission, they have no right to remain in office,” Mr Chidambaram tweeted.

The ECI on Friday found that Mr Kumar's comment on Congress president Rahul Gandhi's announcement on the minimum income guarantee scheme had violated the MCC, and conveyed its displeasure and directed him to desist from such actions in future.

"The Commission has come to the conclusion that your comments (on Congress' minimum income guarantee scheme) have violated the MCC norms. The Commission has, therefore, decided to convey its displeasure on your comments and expects that you should exercise caution in future," it had said.

The Commission also said public servants should not only be impartial in their conduct, but also in their public utterances, which were found wanting in this case.

Mr Kumar had commented and tweeted that Congress was promising the moon to voters to win elections. “The proposed income guarantee scheme fails the economics test, fiscal discipline test and execution test. True to its past record of promising the moon to win elections, Congress president announces a scheme that will bust fiscal discipline, create strong incentives against work and which will never be implemented,” he had tweeted.

In his reply, it is learned that Mr Kumar claimed that he did not violate MCC as he had commented as an economist and not as part of NITI Ayog. However, the poll body has said Mr Rajeev Kumar's reply was not found to be satisfactory.

The Commission had, on Monday, said that the Rajasthan Governor, who holds a constitutional post, has violated the MCC by supporting the return of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister. The Commission had forwarded its report to President and it is known that office of the President send the report to Central government, as per the laid procedure. (UNI)