The Congress on Thursday questioned the Election Commission’s (EC) decision of suspending a general observer for allegedly checking the helicopter of PM Modi in Odisha’s Sambalpur.

In a tweet, senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Ahmed Patel said that if SPG protectees of the Congress can be subjected to inspection, why can’t BJP leaders.

“There have been instances where during polls the EC was allowed to check convoys of both current and former Congress Presidents. The Special Protection Group (SPG) protectees can’t be frisked personally,” he wrote on Twitter.

“Why suspend an officer for checking PM’s chopper? What message is being sent? Law is special for some,” Patel tweeted.

“The question is simple. If SPG protectees of the Congress party can be subjected to inspection, why is the same not applicable to the BJP,” he asked.


The Election Commission of India has suspended a poll official posted as general observer in Odisha after he allegedly checked PM Modi’s helicopter in Sambalpur in violation of norms.

A 16 April order issued by the commission said Mohammed Mohsin, a 1996-batch Karnataka cadre IAS officer, had not acted in conformity with the EC’s instructions concerning Special Protection Group (SPG) protectees.

The PM had visited Sambalpur on Tuesday and addressed a rally there. He also addressed a rally in Bhubaneswar on that day.

The EC took the action on the basis of a report from the Sambalpur district collector and the deputy inspector general of police.