After the national uproar over the CDs of Varun Gandhi’s provocative speeches, yet another controversial CD reached the offices on the state election commission on Tuesday, this time featuring Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.
The BJP was quick to attack the commission, calling it partisan for not taking up the matter immediately. The commission had censured Varun last Sunday, and advised the BJP to drop him as a candidate.
The CD shows Yadav sending out a veiled threat to Ministhi Dileep, district magistrate of Mainpuri — who is also the returning officer for the Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat, which Yadav himself is contesting.
“I’m restraining myself only because you are a woman,” Yadav has allegedly been recorded saying at an election rally
in Mainpuri, referring to Dileep. “Or else you would have already faced the consequences. The district magistrate should know it is I who am contesting elections from here.”
“Threatening a returning officer is a serious matter,” said Prakash Javadekar, BJP spokesman. “The commission should take suo moto notice and initiate action against Yadav.”
Though she remained unavailable to the press, Dileep hit back sending the CD of Yadav’s speech to the election commission, along with her own report on it.
In his speech, Yadav accused the district magistrate of indiscriminately canceling the gun licences of many, specially SP workers, making no distinction between those with criminal records and those who kept registered weapons for their own security.
Yadav was equally scathing about the district superintendent of police, S.S.Aditya. “I know him well,” he said. “When he was SP in Etawah, he ordered firing on our party workers.”
The SP’s state spokesperson Rajendra Choudhury confirmed Yadav had indeed uttered the words. “The administration and the police have been threatening us,” he said. “Our workers are being implicated in false cases. We have been writing to the election commission regularly about this, and intend to visit Delhi soon to meet the officials.