15 June, 2021

‘Are All Hands, Lotuses, Cycles Created Using Govt Funds?’

The CEC explains he has been equally tough on netas from all parties

Sanjay Rawat
‘Are All Hands, Lotuses, Cycles Created Using Govt Funds?’
outlookindia.com
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The Election Commission has put the fear of stringent action, should the model code of conduct be violated, in the states going to the polls. Chief Election Commisioner S.Y. Quraishi’s order to cover all statues of Mayawati and elephants (the symbol of her BSP) has seen the Uttar Pradesh chief minister crying foul. In an interview with Anuradha Raman, he explains he has been equally tough on netas from all parties. Excerpts:

Doesn’t the decision to veil the statues of elephants and leaders of the BSP invite the charge that the Election Commission is targeting one party?

Where is the question of targeting anyone? First, it is not all the statues of elephants. It is those statues of elephants erected at public places and at government expense. It is also not about other leaders of the BSP. The order is to cover the statue of Mayawati, an active politician, president of the BSP and its main campaigner. The commission’s decision to cover statues is in keeping with...

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