Prakash Ambedkar wants to jail Election Commission

The grandson of BR Ambedkar slammed the EC for its bias, accusing it of curtailing the freedom of speech of political opponents of the BJP

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Yavatmal: Prakash Ambedkar, grandson of Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar and a vocal critique of the Narendra Modi-led BJP government, on Thursday landed himself in controversy while addressing a gathering in Yavatmal. The head of the Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh (BBM), while addressing the cadre of his organisation, alleged that the Election Commission (EC) was acting in a partisan manner and that it was not neutral.

Ambedkar slammed the EC for acting with bias, restraining politicians from speaking their mind on the recent Pulawama terror attack.

Threatening the EC, he said that strict action will be taken against the commission if his party were to be voted to power in the upcoming national election.

“I would like to know why we are not allowed to talk about the Pulwama terror attack when it is permitted under Constitution. Let our government come to power, we will not spare the Election Commission. We will keep them in jail for two days. The Commission is no more neutral. It is functioning as a BJP aide,” he alleged.

EC won’t take threat of Ambedkar lying down

The EC has pulled up Ambedkar over his statements. The commission has sought an explanation of the threat. The Maharashtra unit of the EC has asked the local district poll officer to send a report on the matter.

The Dalit activist is contesting in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from two constituencies — Solapur and Akola in Maharashtra — as a candidate of Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA), an alliance of Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh, Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM and Janata Dal (S). He was a Rajya Sabha MP from 18 September 1990 to 17 September 1996.

The BBM was formed in 1999 when the Republican Party of India split.

Known by his fans as Balasaheb Ambedkar, Prakash is also a writer and lawyer.

He is a three-time MP, twice representing the Lok Sabha constituency of Akola, Maharashtra. He has served in both Houses of Parliament.