My Press release regarding BJP delegation meeting with the Election Commission of India.New Delhi, 12 Oct,2015.

New Delhi, 12 Oct, 2015: The Election Commission of India today rejected demand of Congress, RJD and JD (U) for a ban on live telecast of rallies of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in Bihar. The Commission has also assured to consider appropriately BJP’s demand for a CBI probe into “extortion of money” by Bihar Government Ministers and leaders of ruling party in the state.

The Election Commission gave this assurance to a BJP delegation, which met with the Chief Election Commissioner and other two Election Commissioners, and submitted a letter against corrupt practices by the Bihar Government in the on-going Assembly elections.

The delegation, led by Union Minister and senior BJP leader Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, also complained against conspiracy to obstruct rallies and other election programmes of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and other senior BJP leaders in Bihar.

The BJP delegation, which also included party general secretary Shri Arun Singh, party MP Shri Chandan Mitra, party spokesperson Shri Sambit Patra and party Secretary Shri Siddharth Nath Singh, said that Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Janata Dal (United) and Congress are repeatedly trying to create obstruction in fair, fear-free, corruption-free elections in Bihar.

Shri Naqvi said that denying permission to the Prime Minister’s rallies by pressurizing the administration; demanding ban on live telecast of meetings/rallies of the Prime Minister; corrupt practices including extortion of money by the Ministers of the Bihar Government and leaders of the ruling party in the state are proof of the corruption by the State Government and their party in the Bihar elections.

Shri Naqvi said that those who used to call themselves as ‘chela’ (disciple) of JP have become “mela (gathering) of bad-governance and corruption”. A probe by CBI should be held to find out the entire chain of extortion of money by Bihar Govt. Ministers and ruling party leaders in the state.
Shri Naqvi said that the “Nikaalaa Gathbandhan” (Nitish, Congress, Lalu) have come to a situation of “khisyani billi khambha noche” (embarrassed cat scratches the pillar). But the people of Bihar have decided to throw this “gathbandan” out of the state.

After meeting with the Election Commission, Shri Naqvi said that during earlier elections also, meetings/rallies were organized in other areas except those areas where polling was held and these meetings/rallies were also telecasted. Demanding ban on organizing meetings/rallies or their telecast is against provisions of the Representation of the People Act and it is also an effort to attack on democratic values.

The Election Commission has assured the BJP delegation that live telecast of PM’s rallies will not be stopped.

Shri Naqvi further said that video, showing extortion of money by the Bihar Govt. Ministers and state’s ruling party leaders, has proved that the current Bihar Government and their party are openly involved in corrupt practices.

Shri Naqvi urged the Election Commission that it should interfere into efforts of obstructing meetings, programmes of the Prime Minister and other senior leaders of the party; un-constitutional demand of ban on these programmes and their telecast; and the Bihar Government’s efforts to pressurize the administration. Special observers should be appointed to ensure fair, corruption-free and transparent elections in Bihar.