After Beni, EC lets off Mishra with a warning

Last Updated: Monday, March 5, 2012 - 21:21

New Delhi: The Election Commission on Monday let
off Bahujan Samaj Party leader Satish Chandra Mishra with a
warning for seeking votes of Dalit Brahmin families on the
ground of caste and closed the model code of conduct violation
case against him.

After taking a lenient view on Mishra, the Commission said
it did not intend to pursue further the matter of poll code
violation against him over his appeal to voters of Dalit
Brahmin families for seeking their votes on the ground of
caste.

The Commission hoped Mishra would be careful not to
violate the model code of conduct in future and would be more
careful in his public utterances during electioneering.

"...after carefully considering his (Mishra`s) reply and
after watching the CD, the Commission is of the view that the
tone and tenor and context of the impugned speech of Shri
Satish Chandra Mishra amounts to appeal to voters belonging to
Dalit Brahmin families to seek their votes on the ground of
caste," the Commission said in its order today.

It added, "...but the Commission has taken a lenient view
and decided not to pursue the matter further."

It, however said that "before closing the case, the
Commission hopes and expects that Shri Satish Chandra Mishra
would be careful not to violate the model code of conduct in
future and be more circumspect in his public utterances during
election campaigns when the atmosphere is already surcharged
and any violation of the model code of conduct may lead to
serious consequenes of promoting ill-will or disharmony among
various sections of citizens of India."

PTI




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