The leaders of incumbent ‘Grand Alliance’ and its principal challenger BJP, knocked the doors of the Election Commission on Friday seeking action against each other. While, BJP alleged that leaders of Nitish-led alliance were trying to polarise voters of Bihar on communal lines, the ‘Grand Alliance’ sought action against BJP chief Amit Shah for his controversial statement.
With passions running high with Assembly polls nearing the last two phases, BJP president Amit Shah on Thursday had said, “crackers will be burst in celebration in Pakistan,” if by any chance BJP lose the polls.
“A case should be registered against him and he should be debarred from entering Bihar till the poll process is over. He is a habitual conspirator. He was earlier also debarred from entering Gujarat by the court,” JD (U) general secretary K C Tyagi said strongly criticising Mr. Shah’s statement.
The delegation, which also included Congress leaders Randeep Surjewala and Ajoy Kumar met Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Nasim Zaidi and submitted a memorandum, accusing BJP of “vitiating” the electoral process by “promoting communal tension” through its advertisements.
Further accusing the BJP of using “lies and false propaganda” to vitiate the atmosphere, the ‘Grand Alliance’ representation demanded that an FIR be filed against Amit Shah as well Prime Minister Modi for his quota remarks. It also demanded the “complete withdrawal” of those advertisements.
Few hours before them, a BJP delegation led by Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi met with the CEC and presented a memorandum alleging that leaders from Congress, JD(U) and RJD were trying to divide the electorate of Bihar on communal lines for their vested interest.
In their complaint, BJP named Congress party Vice President Rahul Gandhi, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and RJD supremo Lalu Prasad, accusing them of making statements aimed at polarising the electorate.
“The Congress-RJD-JD (U) have been engaged in a conspiracy to disturb communal harmony in the state by making provocative and derogatory statements against BJP leaders,” the BJP delegation said strongly.
The BJP delegation which also included party general secretary Arun Singh, party national secretary Siddharth Nath Singh along with leaders Sudhanshu Trivedi and Sambit Patra, also brought before the poll panel an alleged foul language used by the leaders of ‘Grand Alliance’ and especially by Mr. Lalu Prasad. They urged the Election Commission to keep an eye on leaders making such statements and take “stringent action” to ensure free and fair elections in the state.
The last two phases of Bihar Assembly polls will be held on November 1 and November 5 before the vote count on November 8.
(With inputs from the PTI)