Nair Service Society (NSS) a prominent community organization in Kerala known for their contributions to bring peace and harmony in the state has taken on the State Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Teeka Ram Meena for false allegations against the organization. Alleging that Meena’s comments defamed the organisation, NSS general secretary G Sukumaran Nair on Monday served a legal notice on the CEO demanding him to withdraw the statement and tender an apology in public or face legal action.
According to the legal notice, Nair stated, “Meena’s statement was totally unwarranted and unbecoming of a CEO, and a clear travesty of truth and defamatory on NSS.” It is the prerogative of NSS to take its own policy decisions for salvaging its aims and objectives, it said.
“The righteous stand now adopted by the society does not have any tinge of communal colour or content, but only its concern for society. It gives free will and power to its members to act according to their own volition. It is pertinent to submit that the position is no longer res integra that an appeal to casting a vote in a particular manner by itself will not attract the prohibition contemplated under the Representation of the People’s Act, 1951,” the notice stated.
While it is well known that the majority of political parties have secret as well as public agreements between political parties, Kerala CEO is widely criticized by the public for his biased actions supporting ruling CPM. On Monday the CEO had directed the Thiruvananthapuram district collector and the state police chief to conduct a detailed probe into complaints of the Model Code of Conduct violation by NSS. In another incident, Teeka Ram Meena had asked to take actions against senior BJP leader and candidate Surendran for dragging religion during his campaign.
In a mockery of democratic values, the Election officer is targeting BJP leaders for alleged violations of the moral code of conduct while turning a blind eye to the code violation by communist leaders. Criticizers also ask if Teeka Ram is doing the work of the Election Commission or working as secretary of Pinarayi Vijayan’s party at the AKG centre.