Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati (53) assailed the Election Commission on Tuesday for interfering in the functioning of her government.
“The commission has been taking action against officers on false complaints from the opposition parties,” the BSP chief said.
On Monday, the EC had transferred three key police officers in Jaunpur district of eastern UP, following the mysterious death of a candidate contesting the Jaunpur seat. Indian Justice Party candidate Bahadur Sonkar was found hanging from a tree on April 13. His brother had publicly claimed that the BSP rival had been pressuring Sonkar to withdraw.
A probe instituted by Mayawati had found that Sonkar has committed suicide. The investigation was headed Additional DGP Padman Singh. Mayawati maintained there was no dereliction of duty by the three officers.
Mincing no words, she specifically named Election Commissioner SY Quraishi, accusing him of being close to “a top Samajwadi Party leader”. “Quraishi belongs to the UP cadre and he has been coming here too frequently to promote his vested interests,” she said.
While Quraishi refused to discuss the subject, CEC Navin Chawla touched on it briefly during a press conference later in Delhi. However, he refused to be drawn into a war of words with Mayawati.