Lok Sabha elections: Mayawati asks Muslims not to split votes; EC takes note


LUCKNOW: The Election Commission on Sunday said that it has taken cognisance of BSP supremo Mayawati’s speech in Deoband , Saharanpur during the first joint rally by SP-BSP-RLD alliance in Uttar Pradesh.

UP chief electoral officer L Venkateshwar Loo said that a report from Saharanpur district magistrate has been sought over Mayawati’s speech. However, he did not specify which part of her speech was deemed objectionable.

“There were some comments on social media as well TV media reports on her speech. We have asked the Saharanpur DM to prepare a report,” he said.

Asked if the cognisance was regarding the part where Mayawati asked the Muslim community to vote in favour of the SP and RLD candidates and not the Congress, he said he can’t comment on that.

“That is why we have the sought the report to see if there was anything objectionable,” he said.

Addressing the first rally of the SP-BSP-RLD alliance — also attended by SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, RLD chief Ajit Singh and his son Jayant Chaudhary — she said, “I appeal to all the members of Muslim community, don’t split and waste your votes. Congress is not strong enough to give a fight to BJP. Only our grand alliance can do it.”

Source: Times of India


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