Terming the entire episode as ‘unfortunate’, the Commissioner said things ‘should not have escalated’ to a level that it comes to the central poll body.
“Men in constitutional offices need to be bolder. Timid men can dwarf high offices,” Jaitley said.
She claimed that SP used the district administration of Varanasi to ‘benefit’ BJP and vitiate atmosphere of free and fair election and ‘influence Muslims’.
It also said if any officer is found working in a partisan manner or not discharging duty, the Commission will take strict action against him.
Top officials sought to blame the delay to non-receipt of ground report from security agencies and said a final decision could be taken by evening.