Over a year after the Election Commission disposed a petition that sought freezing of the BSP’s election symbol of elephant as its statues and those of party president Mayawati have been installed in various public places,the petitioner has returned to the poll panel seeking “appropriate steps” to ensure a “level playing field” in the elections.
“I have approached the EC to remind it about paragraph 44 of its order on October 11,2010 and sought the implementation of its order where it had assured a level playing field. It is a self-binding commitment of the Commission and I hope it will abide by it,” said Ravi Kant,the petitioner.
“With the announcement of elections,the model code of conduct has come into force. The statues of the incumbent Chief Minister at public places should be covered as they are disturbing the level playing field assured by the Commission. Similarly,the statues of elephants in public parks should also be covered as they also disturb the level playing field,” said Kant.
The EC,while disposing Kant’s petition as “not maintainable”,had assured that “at the time of elections,the Commission would,no doubt,take appropriate steps and measures to see that the statutes of Mayawati and BSP’s symbol of elephant do not disturb the level playing field and give undue advantage to BSP vis-à-vis other political parties.”
“In spite of the model code of conduct in force,huge statue of the Chief Minister including her party’s election symbols of the elephant which have been constructed with thousands of crores of public fund are prominently displayed across Uttar Pradesh and are disturbing the level playing field and give undue advantage to BSP,” Kant had written in a letter to CEC S Y Quraishi.