Bhopal: Terming as "childish" the Election
Commission directive of covering up the statues of UP Chief
Minister Mayawati and elephant, the BSP symbol, Bihar Deputy
Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi on Tuesday said the constitutional
body should refrain from such decisions.
"The EC`s decision to cover up Uttar Pradesh Chief
Minister Mayawati`s statues and the elephant models is
childish and impractical," Modi, chairman of the Empowered
Committee of the state finance ministers on GST, told
reporters after the committee`s two-day meeting here.
"With this analogy, can anyone throw a cycle, which is
the poll symbol of Samajwadi Party, into a pond, during the
elections?" he asked.
When asked about the NDA partners-- JD-U and BJP --
contesting UP polls separately, he said, it was a political
compulsion for both these parties, which would not have any
impact on their national-level coalition.
On whether he would campaign in Uttar Pradesh for the
polls, Modi said, if invited, he would definitely go there.
Commenting on the allegations by the BJP-ruled Madhya
Pradesh government that the Centre is giving a step-motherly
treatment to the non-Congress ruled states, he said he also
holds a similar opinion.
"On one hand, the Centre sanctions a special package for
Andhra Pradesh, it pays no attention to similar demands raised
by Bihar," he said.