LUCKNOW: Close on the heels of a BJP leader lodging a complaint against Mayawati for seeking votes in the name of caste and religion, BSP on Thursday struck back by moving the Election Commission against Sakshi Maharaj and state BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya for violation of model code of conduct.
“Party treasurer Ambethrajan today complained to the Election Commission that BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj used the premises of Balaji Maharaj and Shanidham temple in Meerut for campaigning on January 6 and delivered a speech which amounts to creating a rift in society,” BSP national general secretary Satish Chandra Misra said in a statement.
The letter also mentions an interview given by state BJP president Maurya to a newspaper in which he appeals to the backward caste “Yadavs” to vote for his party and this violates the model code of conduct, the statement said.
The BSP leader has demanded disqualification of BJP and both the MPs besides debarring them from entering the electoral fray for a period of six years, the statement said.
Last week, BJP UP executive member Neeraj Shankar Saxena had moved a petition against Mayawati demanding that her party be debarred from contesting polls and lodging of FIR against her for “flouting” Supreme Court directives.
Mayawati during her press conference on December 24 and January 3 presented caste-wise details of ticket distribution clearly stating that her party has given tickets to how many Muslims, backwards, SCs and others, Saxena had told PTI.
Besides her partymen are also distributing booklets in all the constituencies “Muslim samaj ka sachcha hitaishi kaun- faisla aap karein”, he had claimed, adding this too was against the SC directives that votes cannot be sought on lines of caste, community or language.