Landing itself in an embarrassing position and in what might be construed as a possible violation of the model code of conduct, a statement issued by the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) said that its Lok Sabha candidate for Chandigarh Jannat Jahan visited mosques in Sector-31, 26, 20 and 45 and canvassed for votes.
The party statement went on to add that Jahan met people at the Sector 31 mosque and said that people must vote for their rights.
“People could take revenge from the Congress party for not carrying out developmental work,” the statement added.
She also attacked Pawan Kumar Bansal and claimed that adequate development work had not been carried out.
“At the Sector-20 meeting, she lashed out at BJP and said that there was no place for such a party in country’s secular system and promised that she would work for the development of every section of society if she was elected,” the statement reads verbatim.
Jahan, the statement added, was flanked by chief coordinator, Hafiz Anwar Ul Haq and senior vice- president Noor Bhai, Mohammad Javed, Jatinder Pal Singh and various other leaders.
When contacted late in the evening, Chandigarh chief electoral officer Anil Kumar said that the matter was not in his knowledge, but action would be taken as per law, if she was found to be violating the model code of conduct.
When contacted, Jahan claimed that there was probably some error in the statement issued to the media.
“I am a law-abiding citizen. I can assure you that in my capacity as a candidate, we did not go inside the mosques and contacted those who were coming out. We did not enter the premises anywhere,” she said.