Think before you comment, Quraishi tells Mayawati
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, January 18, 2012
After BJP and Congress, chief election commissioner SY Quraishi has
now taken on the BSP for protesting against the election commission's
order to wrap the elephant and party supremo Mayawati's statues to
ensure level playing field.
Quraishi asked Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati
should think before criticising the EC order and said the commission
has issued similar orders to remove or cover pictures of chief
ministers, Prime Minister and ruling party leaders during elections.
"She is a senior leader. She should think before making such
comments," Quraishi said when asked about Mayawati's criticism on the
commissions order to cover statues of BSP's poll symbol 'elephant' and
those of her own.
Mayawati had dubbed the commission's decision as "one-sided" and an
insult to party founder Kanshiram.
Quraishi advised the BSP not to make adverse comments against the
commission as other political parties can also demand raising
pedestals in government parks for displaying their poll symbols.
The CEC explained that the commission was trying to create a level
playing field for all political parties and there was nothing
extraordinary about the order. The commission has instructed the UP
government in October 2010 to cover the statues during elections while
rejecting a petition seeking demolition of the statues.
"Should we not cover the symbol of a political party or (the statue)
of its leader just because it is big in size and spectacular,"
The commission issued a detailed explanation for its decision to wrap
the statues and said Kanshi Ram's statues have not been covered
because the rule does not apply to dead leaders.
The commission also brushed aside Mayawati's claim that it was
anti-Dalit and expressed distress at her claims.
"It (the commission) expects a higher sense of responsibility and
Constitutional decorum from major political parties and their
leaders," the statement read.
The statement also said that the commission was not willing to engage
further on the issue during the election process.
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