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EC meeting to decide on Mulayam-DM spat


Prarthna Gahilote,CNN-IBN
Mar 26, 2009 at 12:45pm IST

New Delhi: Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav is in fresh trouble with the Election Commission over remarks after his address, that he made about the DM of Mainpuri, Ministhy Dileep.

A report filed by the DM of Mainpuri to the Chief Election Commissioner accuses Mulayam Singh Yadav of threatening the returning officer along with other senior police officials.

A report from Minishty Dileep to Chief Election Commissioner, N Gopalasawmi, exclusively available with CNN-IBN nails Singh.

It says that when some SP workers complained to the former CM, he said that the DM is a woman; otherwise he would have told her she behaved like a dictator.

Mulayam Singh allegedly made similar comments against senior police officers. He warned the Collector to get her act together.

He also allegedly warned the DM to remember he is fighting from Mainpuri.

SP leader Amar Singh defends his party chief, saying: “He has not made any critical comments so serious as to rock the boat of the state or district administration.”

It is this report from the DM that's now up for review at the Election Commission.

Sources tell CNN-IBN that the Commission is upset over Mulayam's threat to the lady returning officer and is reviewing it closely.

Sources confirm that the Commission will decide on action against Mulayam in its full bench meeting on Thursday.

Mulayam Singh has courted controversy earlier too. He had earlier been charged with distributing money on Holi as an attempt to influence voters, a clear violation of the Model Code of Conduct.

With this new charge, Mulayam is facing fire even from other political parties, particularly the BJP that has accused the Commission of bias.

Senior BJP leader Balbir Punj said, “The Election Commission cannot be seen as being overactive in certain cases while being lax or inactive in others.”

Fresh after the Varun Gandhi verdict, the EC’s office may find Mulayam's case as a test of sorts.

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