The Election Commission (EC) should take legal action against the BJP if the Party does not apologise for the Uttar Pradesh campaign CD and publicly condemn its communal contents, the CPI (M) said on Wednesday.
The EC on Monday had directed the BJP to publicly condemn the CD to clear any apprehensions among the people of UP. ``If the directives of the Commission are not followed (by BJP) then EC, being a Constitutional body, can take legal measures,’’ against it, party Politburo member Sitaram Yechury told reporters.
``The EC is a constitutional authority. They have the law with them. If its directives are not followed, then the law of the land will have to take its course, he added.
Pointing out that the EC directive came only after the polling for the Uttar Pradesh assembly got over, he said by then, the saffron party had ``already reaped the political mileage it wanted to get out of the CD in these elections.’’
In a separate statement issued by the CPI (M), the Party said the EC directions should have been given before the elections were over in UP. ``The CPI (M) in its representation to the Commission, had stated that it is not enough for the BJP to dissociate itself from the CD,’’ the statement said.
On the issue of the Presidential election, Yechury said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has begun began consultations, adding that it would be ideal to have a consensual secular candidate for the top post.
``Ideally, it will be good to have a consensual secular candidate... who will have impeccable secular credentials," Yechury said.
To a specific query whether the Left was open to putting up its own candidate, he said all such questions would be answered only after May 11, when the electoral outcome in UP would be known.
Noting that Uttar Pradesh was a ``powerful element’’, he said the party would see the composition of the state assembly as the value of each vote there was 203, compared with 25 of Arunachal Pradesh.
Yechury emphasised that the office of the President was a very important office and it has got added significance in the current era of coalition.