BSP man under scanner
Lucknow, Feb 10: The Election Commission on Thursday charged Bahujan
Samaj Party (BSP) general secretary Satish Misra of violating the
model code of conduct.
A show cause notice was issued to Misra late Thursday evening, asking
him to explain his conduct during a public rally at Chandauli district
on Feb 5, when he allegedly appealed to the audience in the name of
"Mr. Misra was found to have openly made appeals to his audience at
the public rally to vote for the BSP since it was only political
outfit combining the dalit and upper caste vote," a poll panel
official told reporters here.
"He has been asked to submit his explanation latest by Feb 12," he added.
Asked if anyone had made a complaint against Misra, the official said:
"We have video recordings of the public rally where Mr. Misra went
about repeatedly referring to BSP's Dalit-Brahmin social engineering."
According to the official, use of caste, creeds or religion in public
meetings was not permissible under the model code of conduct.
Misra had first shot into the spotlight as BSP's Brahmin mascot for
playing a key role in building the "rainbow coalition" of the upper
caste community with Dalits, the party's support base.
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