The Janata Dal (United) chief Sharad Yadav, has earned the ire of the the Election Commission; the EC has issued a show cause notice to him for his alleged remarks to influence voters in the name of ‘divine displeasure’ and said prima facie, he has violated the model code in force, in Bihar.
EC took strong cognisance of Yadav’s reported remarks at an election rally in Nalanda, on October 7, that, “those who do not keep their promise, then the Hindus will not get a place in heaven and Muslims will not meet Allah in paradise”.
The EC said that, doing so was interfering with the free exercise of a voter’s right, by inducing or attempting to induce him to believe that, “he will become or will be rendered an object of divine displeasure or spiritual censure is a corrupt practice of undue influence”, under provisions of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 as well as the IPC.
The Commission said, it is of the opinion that, by making the statement, he has “prima facie” violated the model code of conduct.
The Commission in its strict remarks, gave Yadav time till 3 pm, on October 17, to respond to the notice; failing to do so would lead to the EC taking a decision against him, without prior notice.
An FIR has already been lodged against Sharad Yadav in Nalanda, under various sections of the IPC.