The EC had rejected Yadav's nomination papers over “discrepancies” in his documents. Yadav hit the limelight after a video of him complaining about the food given to security personnel went viral on social media in 2017. He was later sacked.
The Samajwadi Party had fielded Yadav, who was dismissed from the BSF in 2017 after he posted a video online about the food served to the troops, as its candidate from the Varanasi seat where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is contesting for the BJP.
Tej Bahadur Yadav was seeking to contest the Lok Sabha elections from Varanasi against Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a ticket from the Opposition alliance in Uttar Pradesh, comprising of SP, BSP and RLD.