Save the memorials from elephants,Cong tells EC

In a letter to the Election Commission,the Congress has requested them to immediately stop the installation of life-size sculptures of elephants and statues of Dalit icons in various memorials across the state capital.

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: March 9, 2009 3:37 am

In a letter to the Election Commission,the Congress has requested them to immediately stop the installation of life-size sculptures of elephants and statues of Dalit icons in various memorials across the state capital.

Alleging that installation of over 100 life-size sculptures of elephants — the BSP symbol — is a clear violation of the model code of conduct,the Congress has requested the Commission to intervene in the matter and take immediate action.

“It is not only that around 100 life-size elephant statues that are being installed,pillars are being constructed in different memorials with faces of elephants on them,” said Akhilesh Pratap Singh,spokesperson,UP Congress Committee.

“Work is also going on to install statues of Dalit icons,whose faces are being used constantly by the BSP in its party publicity,” he said. “These statues,which are in some way associated with the party symbol,are being made quietly. We have requested the Commission to take cognizance of the situation and stop such construction and installation till the election.”

“A complaint has been registered by the Congress spokesperson and we have forwarded it to the Commission. We will inquire into the allegations,” said AK Bishnoi,Chief Electoral Officer.

Following another complaint by the Congress regarding the open display of firearms in a procession led by Mohammad Tahir Khan,the BSP parliamentarian from Sultanpur, the administration has lodged an FIR against Mushid and Akeel for violating restrictions under Section 144. RK Singh,District Magistrate of Sultanpur,said: “We will not allow anyone to break the model code.”

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