Poll panel defers hearing on ‘BJP CD’
The Election Commission has deferred to today its hearing on the controversial CD in which the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been accused of inciting communal passions, even as the party continued to object to Election Commissioner Navin Chawla’s presence at the hearing.
While the non-BJP parties have accused the party of delaying the hearing on the CD row by raising “non-serious issues”, the commission made it clear yesterday that all its members, including Chawla, would hear the case.
Sources in the Election Commission said it could ask some BJP leaders, who were allegedly involved in the CD row, to keep away from campaigning.
Four parties — former prime minister V.P. Singh’s Jan Morcha, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Samajwadi Party and Congress — had approached the commission seeking BJP’s derecognition as a national party saying that it had violated the election code by releasing the CD ahead of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections that began April 7.
The poll panel had earlier filed a police complaint against BJP chief Rajnath Singh and Uttar Pradesh BJP leader Lalji Tandon in connection with the CD.