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Challenge to democracy

Print edition : May 30, 2014

BJP workers stage a dharna against the Election Commission outside the Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi on May 8. Photo: PTI

BJP leader Arun Jaitley during a protest in Varanasi against the Election Commission. Photo: PTI

Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath addressing a press conference following protests by the BJP in Varanasi on May 8. Photo: Saurabh Das/AP

Azam Khan. Photo: PTI

Amit Shah. Photo: PTI

Sharad Pawar. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

The Election Commission’s helplessness in the face of a campaign against it by the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, and blatant violations of the model code by others during the general election have brought to the fore questions about its ability to ensure a level playing field in the world’s largest democracy.
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