New Delhi, Apr 25 UNI | 3 months ago

The Election Commission today warned Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav for threatening school teachers appointed on contract by Uttar Pradesh government to either vote for his party in Lok Sabha polls or risk losing permanent status.

The poll panel's decision came after Mr Yadav assured it that he will not make any reference to Shiksha Mitras (contractual government primary school teachers) in his election campaign.

The commission said it is convinced that Mr Yadav made the remarks and violated provisions of the Model Code of Conduct.

"Now, therefore, the Commission, hereby warns him to be careful in future and expects that he shall not make any statement during election campaigning which may constitute a violation of the Model Code of Conduct," the order said.

In his reply to the show cause notice, Mr Yadav had said the decision to regularise the shiksha mitras was taken by the UP government before the election was announced. He also said being a president of a party he had no power to amend or modify the decision.

He also denied threatening to withdraw the decision to regularise the teachers if they do not support the SP in elections.

(Posted on 26-04-2014)