BJP to take up with EC reports of Chautala participating in campaigning

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: Oct 01, 2014 23:24 IST

The BJP on Wednesday said it will take up with the Election Commission reports of INLD chief Om Prakash Chautala participating in poll campaign in Haryana, saying it was violative of rules and the model code of conduct since he has been jailed in connection with the JBT teachers’ recruitment scam.

The party also steered clear of controversial politician DP Yadav sharing the stage with BJP chief Amit Shah at a poll rally in Ambala on Tuesday.

On what the party was doing against convicted Chautala participating in the poll campaign, BJP vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said, “We will talk to the Election Commission in this matter. According to the rules, a person who has been jailed cannot campaign. If he is campaigning, it is unlawful and wrong. It is against the rules of elections, the Election Commission and violates the model code.” On Yadav sharing the stage with Shah, Naqvi said, “Let me make it clear that he has nothing to do with the party. He is not with the party, will neither be and that question does not arise.”

Asked about how he reached the meeting and shared the stage, he said the party is ascertaining that. “He was not invited for the meeting and was neither part of it. The matter ends there,” the BJP leader said.

There have been reports of former Haryana chief minister Chautala addressing a poll rally in Jind and planning to hold another such rally where leaders of various political parties have been invited.

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