Mayawati’s speech at Deoband rally under EC scanner

Mayawati asked the people to be cautious of the Congress dividing their votes

The state election commission has taken cognizance of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Mayawati’s speech at a rally in Deoband, Uttar Pradesh on April 7.

Mayawati asked the people to be cautious of the Congress dividing their votes. “…in Saharanpur, Bareilly where there is a huge Muslim population, I want to tell the Muslim community, don’t divide your votes. Give it to the BSP-SP-RLD alliance,” she said at the rally.

Among the complainants was state BJP vice-president JPS Rathore, who had written to the polling officer saying appealing to Muslims to not vote for a particular party was a violation of the model code of conduct.

Chief electoral officer L Venkateshwarlu then sought a report from the Saharanpur district administration.