Accusing the Election Commission of giving in to Congress pressure,Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati said today that its order on covering her statues and those of elephants the BSPs poll symbol was anti-Dalit and casteist.
She said the EC should have also issued directives to cover the poll symbols of the Congress and RLD. If the EC does not take the right decision regarding the symbols of these two parties,the people will consider this decision taken with an anti-Dalit and casteist mentality and under pressure of the Congress-led government at the Centre, she said.
Saying the ECs order was a one-sided decision,Mayawati said while her statues had been installed to honour the will of Kanshiram,statues of elephant were installed as per the Indian culture.
Mayawatis statement came a day after the ECs letter to the BSP warning that it may re-examine its earlier order rejecting a petition asking it to freeze the partys poll symbol.
The poll panel said the BSP had earlier stated that the statues of elephants were installed by the state government. However,in a letter on January 11,party general Satish Chandra Mishra said the statues had been installed by the party.
113 OBCs,117 upper castes in BSP list
Lucknow: Celebrating her 56th birthday,Mayawati released her partys list of 403 candidates for UP. Tickets have been given to 88 SC candidates,113 OBCs,85 religious minorities,especially Muslims,117 upper castes,of which 74 are Brahmins and 33 Thakurs, she said. She has dropped over 110 sitting MLAs.