BSP terms EC order on statues, breach of law

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati hit out at the Election Commission, claiming its order to veil her statues, was in violation of the law.

Lucknow: A day after adhering to the
deadline to cover all statues of Chief Minister Mayawati and
her party poll symbol elephant in Uttar Pradesh, BSP on Thursday hit
out at the Election Commission, claiming its order was in
violation of the law and demanded it reconsider the decision.

Dubbing the Commission`s decision as "unjustified and
one-sided", the BSP said it has demoralised the party and left
Dalits and backwards "cheated". The ruling party also appeared
to raise questions on EC`s intentions to hold free and fair
Assembly polls in UP starting next month.

The BSP`s detailed response to the EC order was
contained in a hard hitting letter which the party`s national
General Secretary Satish Chandra Mishra wrote to Chief
Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi.

"The decision is violation of Article 14 of the
Constitution, which provides right of equality. Similar
decisions should be taken against other parties also", he

"A number of BSP workers and supporters wanted to come
out on roads to protest the EC decision but BSP supremo
Mayawati has given them strict orders to them to maintain law
and order so that election process did not get affected", he

BSP had expected that EC would hold free and fair
elections but its decision had demoralised the party, Mishra
said, adding that had the EC taken unbiased decision on the
issue, BSP would have been given equal chance at the polls.

Mishra said that statues of Mayawati, who is "dalit ki
beti" and a four-time CM of Uttar Pradesh and BSP symbol
elephant did not affect voters in any way.

"The EC should re-consider its decision, which is one
sided so that BSP candidates should get equal opportunities in
the assembly polls", he said.

Mishra said, "even in Rashtrapati Bhavan, North Block
and South Block elephant statues are there on upper parts of
the pillars and also above the Speakers` chair in Parliament".
He further said if the EC had an objection on "our
elephant", it should also have an objection on SP symbol
cycle, BJP`s lotus and RLD`s handpump.



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