The Election Commission or as it’s accused of being Election Omission on Wednesday rejected the candidature or sacked BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav after the Samajwadi Party named him the grand alliance’s joint candidate.
A day after the grand alliance dropped their official candidate in favour of Yadav, Returning Officer Surendra Singh had asked the former BSF jawan to submit a certificate to prove that he was not dismissed from the service because of corruption or disloyalty to India.
Yadav’s lawyer Rajesh Gupta was quoted by news agency ANI as saying that he will approach the Supreme Court. “We had submitted the evidence that was asked from us. Still, the nomination was declared invalid. We will go to the Supreme Court,” Gupta said.
Yadav, for his part, said that he had furnished the document on Tuesday evening but the Returning Officer still chose to cancel his nomination.
Yadav said that the Returning Officer in question was also the District Magistrate of Varanasi and reported to the state’s Yogi Adityanath government adding that Singh was under pressure to cancel his nomination.
Singh said that anyone dismissed from service in the last five years was required to produce a certificate to show that he did not lose his job due to corruption or disloyalty to his country. He said that Yadav could not produce the certificate in time as he was asked to submit the document by 11 am on Wednesday.
The sacked BSF jawan, who lost his job after raising the issue of poor quality of food being served to paramilitary forces, said that he was given incredibly short notice but he was still able to submit the document to the Returning Officer.