PM Modi taking 'political advantage' of Combined Commanders conference: Congress

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

New Delhi [India], Jan. 19 (ANI): Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Thursday raised questions over the Annual Combined Commanders conference being held in Uttarakhand on January 21st and accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of taking political advantage from the same as it would make an impact in the upcoming elections. "The Commanders Conference will be widely publicised, as will the Prime Ministers participation, which can impact the elections. This is a violation of a level playing field. The Prime Minister, to take a political advantage, is participating in this Conference," Rawat said in a press meet here. Rawat said that the organisation of the conference in the poll bound state of Uttarakhand and the participation of the Prime Minister in it for political gain is against the directives of the Election Commission. "We have given a memorandum to the State Election Commission. We have requested that the conference not be held during the time of election. This conference can be held after February 15. They will be most welcome," he said. The Combined Commanders Conference will be chaired by the Prime Minister along with Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and will be attended by senior military commanders of the three services. The state will have single phase polling on February 15. The notification will be issued on January 20. (ANI)