Tej Bahadur Yadav, ex BSF jawan approached the supreme court challenging the decision of the returning officer after he rejected his nomination from Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is contesting the elections.
Tej Bahadur Yadav, Samajwadi Party (SP) candidate, was dismissed from border security force (BSF) in 2017 for allegedly making false complaints about the food quality that was being served to the troops. He posted a video social media where he complained that poor quality food was being served to personnel that guarded the Indo-Pak border.
The returning officer said that Yadav did not submit the nomination paper issued in the prescribed manner by the election commission to the effect that he was not this dismissed from BSF for corruption or disloyalty to the state but for the indiscipline.
Tej Bahadur Yadav filed a plea in the supreme court through the lawyer Prashant Bhushan and sought the direction of the court to give him permission to contest the elections from high-profile Varanasi seat setting aside the Returning Officer’s decision.
The plea alleged that “It seems the impugned decision that has been taken keeping in mind the sensitivity of the contest in Varanasi Constituency because of Narendra Modi and to give walkover to the candidate of the ruling party by disqualifying the Petitioner whose candidature was gaining momentum in the constituency and was therefore also supported by the main opposition alliance of two major political parties in the state.”
The first plea was filed on April 29 which was rejected by the returning officer on the ground that the petitioner was dismissed from the government service on April 19, 2017, and after this dismissal 5 years have not lapsed in terms of section 9 of the Representation of People Act.
However, the plea stated that Yadav had produces dismissal letter along with the nomination paper that shows that he was dismissed from the service for alleged indiscipline and not for corruption or disloyalty to the state that proves that the section 9 and section 33 of the Representation of People Act.
Varanasi will go to polls in the last phase of the Lok Sabha elections on May 19. The results will be announced on May 23.