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SC rejects plea challenging PM Modi’s election from Varanasi

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The Supreme Court has rejected a plea challenging the 2019 election of Prime Minister Narendra Modi from the Varanasi parliamentary constituency. The plea was filed by a sacked Border Security Force (BSF) jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav.

A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde rejected Yadav’s plea. Notably, the former BSF jawan had moved the apex court after his plea was rejected by the Allahabad High Court.

He had argued before the top court that the Election Commission rejected his nomination for extraneous reasons. Yadav had initially filed his nomination as an independent candidate and thereafter, as a candidate of Samajwadi Party from Varanasi. He wanted to contest the polls against PM Modi.

Dismissal from BSF

Tej Bahadur Yadav was dismissed from the BSF in 2017 after he posted a video online complaining about the poor quality food served to frontline troops serving in Jammu and Kashmir. The video went viral and many started questioning the government on the issue.

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After the video went viral, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) sought a detailed factual report from the Union home ministry on the subject.

Documents rejected by EC

Tej Bahadur Yadav wanted to fight the election against PM Modi, but he could not do so as his documents were rejected by the election commission.

While rejecting the nomination papers of Bahadur, the Returning Officer had observed that “the nomination paper is not accompanied by a certificate issued in the prescribed manner by the Election Commission to the effect that he has not been dismissed for corruption or disloyalty to the state”.

Following this, he approached the Allahabad High Court and then the Supreme Court for relief.

 

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