Varanasi: The Election Commission has issued a notice to Tej Bahadur Yadav, the joint candidate of SP-BSP-RLD from Varanasi Lok Sabha seat. Yadav, who was sacked from the BSF, was previously nominated as an independent under the election symbol of the SP.
Tej Bahadur Yadav had been sacked from the BSF on charges of corruption, but in the second nomination, he did not report it.
On Tuesday, after the scrutiny of the nomination papers, the district election office issued a notice to Tej Bahadur Yadav. It gave him time till 1 May to respond.
The commission says if Yadav does not give a satisfactory explanation, his nomination will be rejected.
During the nomination check on Tuesday, late in the evening, the candidate has been instructed to take a NOC from the commission.
After a video of “poor food” served in the armed forces posted by Tej Bahadur Yadav went viral, the issue of nomination is now stuck due to the service dismissal clause. In this regard, the SP city president RK Jaiswal said that the district election officer has given Yadav time till 10 AM on Wednesday morning for a satisfactory reply.
The SP has raised an objection before the district election officer and requested a NOC for Tej Bahadur Yadav’s nomination. All relevant documents have been sent to the commission required for the NOC, the party said.
Samajwadi Party state spokesman Manoj Rai Dhupchandi protested against the commission’s decision. He said it was a conspiracy to dismiss the form at the behest of the ruling party (BJP).
Interestingly, the Samajwadi Party had given the Varanasi ticket to Yadav as a second thought, changing its previous candidate for the Lok Sabha constituency. Earlier, Shalini Yadav had been given the SP-BSP-RLD ticket.
Shalini Yadav is the daughter-in-law of former Congress MP and former Rajya Sabha vice-president Shyam Lal Yadav.
Tej Bahadur Yadav had complained of bad food while he was with the BSF, after which he was dismissed. The election to the Varanasi LS seat is scheduled to be held on 19 May.
Narendra Modi, who was victorious as BJP candidate in 2014, had defeated his nearest rival Arvind Kejriwal of the AAP by a huge margin of 3,71,784 votes from Varanasi. Modi had got a total of 5,81,022 votes. Kejriwal, second in the ranking, had got 2,09,238 votes. Congress candidate Ajay Rai was at the third place with 75,614 votes. In the fourth place was Bahujan Samaj Party. The Samajwadi Party’s candidate had settled for the fifth position.
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