SC orders EC on the petition of Tej Bahadur - listen to objections

The Supreme Court has asked the Election Commission to listen to objections raised by Tej Bahadur Yadav, the sacked BSF trooper. Yadav, who stood against Prime Minister Modi in Varanasi, was canceled. Let us point out that Sharad Bahadur Yadav had challenged the decision of the Returning Officer to dismiss his nomination papers from Varanasi on Monday, turning the Supreme Court. He said that his nomination papers were canceled with the intention of ensuring victory of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Election Officer rejected Yadav's nomination papers on May one. Yadav was in the fray for the Samajwadi Party ticket from the Varanasi parliamentary seat. Yadav had put a video about giving bad food to the internet, after which he was sacked from the Border Security Force in 2017.

The Election Officer had said that Yadav failed to submit the certificate, as it was necessary to give certificate of effect to the people under the Representation of People (RP) Act that he was not sacked for "corruption or dishonesty towards the state." Yadav said in the petition filed through advocate Prashant Bhushan that the decision of the election officer should be dismissed and the high court allowed the petitioner to contest the elections from the high profile Varanasi parliamentary constituency, where the voting is going to be held on May 19.

In the petition, the demand for the cancellation of the decision of the commission, while describing it as discriminatory and irrational. SP initially gave ticket to Shalini Yadav against Modi, but later changed the candidate, the dismissed BSF trooper Bahadur from the Varanasi parliamentary seat.

Election Commission canceled Yadav's nomination on May one. Varanasi's Returning Officer (RO) issued notice to the discrepancy in two sets of nomination filed by Yadav. Yadav had said in the documents filed on April 24 that he was sacked from the Border Security Force.

However, on April 29, this information was not mentioned in the second set filing as a SP candidate. Along with this, Yadav was also required to submit NOC to the Border Security Force, which was to be told due to dismissal. Yadav had accused the BJP of "resorting to dictatorial steps" to prevent him from contesting elections.

Yadav had claimed, "My nomination was rejected today while I had deposited an NOC with the Border Security Force, which was told by RO to deposit. Yadav told reporters, "I am the son of a farmer and I was here to raise the voices of farmers and jawans.


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