India, May 16 -- "The Election Commission should seem to be fair even if it is not," was what the EC's long-time legal advisor S K Mendratta said during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections when the poll watchdog was under attack for not acting against hate speech.

In 2019, the commission isn't seeming to be fair either, in ensuring a level playing field for all political parties -- the gospel it works by. The Opposition has repeatedly accused the Constitutional body of favouring the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to the extent that Congress president Rahul Gandhi ,in one of his television interviews, said even the seven-phase election schedule favoured the BJP.

BJP president Amit Shah on Wednesday accused the EC of failing to control the ...