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Who will comprehend this earth,
the world of Yama, and the gods?
Who will discern the well-taught Dhamma
as one who’s skilled selects a flower.
Explanation: An expert in garland making will select, pluck
and arrange flowers into garlands. In the same way who will examine
the nature of life penetratingly? Who will perceive the real nature
of life in the world, along with the realms of the underworld and
heavenly beings? Who will understand and penetratively perceive the
well-articulated doctrine, like an expert maker of garlands, deftly
plucking and arranging flowers.
Lucknow, Jan 21 (PTI) Notification for the third phase
of Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls was issued today, setting in
motion the filing of nominations.
The third phase would test the fate of three cabinet
ministers, one minister of state, 29 sitting MLAs and 14
Polling for the third phase of elections, covering 56
seats, would be held on February 15.
“More than 1.75 crore voters are expected to cast their
votes at 17,869 polling booths in 11,589 polling stations,”
Election Commission officials said.
Ministers who are expected file their nominations include
Indrajit Saroj from Manjhanpur, Nand Gopal Gupta from
Allahabad South and Dharmaraj Nishad from Shahganj.
While former minister Rangnath Mishra would file
nomination for Mirzapur Sadar seat, sacked higher education
minister Rakesh Dhar Tripathi would be contesting as an
Independent candidate from Handiya seat in Allahabad.
Among prominent BJP candidates, Legislative Party leader
Om Prakash Singh would contest from Chunar and former Vidhan
Sabha speaker Kesari Nath Tripathi from Allahabad South seat.
Shekhar Bahuguna, brother of state Congress president
Rita Bahuguna Joshi, would file nomination for Phaphamau seat
in Allahabad, while Ujjwal Rama Singh, son of SP M P and
former Minister Reoti Raman Singh, would contest from Karchana
Various parties are also fielding candidates facing
criminal charges for the upcoming polls.
Former MP and an accused in several cases Ateeq Ahmad has
been named candidate by Apna Dal from Allahabad West seat,
while mafia don Brijesh Singh would contest from Syedraza seat
in Chandauli district as Pragatisheel Manav Samaj candidate.
Prem Prakash Singh alias Munna Bajrangi, an accused in
several shootouts, would file his nomination as Apna Dal
candidate from Madiyahon in Jaunpur district.
Adding to the list of candidates with criminal background,
SP MLA Vijay Mishra, who is currently lodged in jail for
allegedly assaulting a cabinet minister, would be seeking
re-election from Gyanpur seat in Bhadoi district.
Doesn’t the decision to veil the statues of elephants and
leaders of the BSP invite the charge that the Election Commission is
targeting one party?
draping the statues of an aboriginal inhabitant of Jambudvipa, i.e.,
the Great PraBuddha Bharath (Scheduled Caste) amounts to Unseeability.
draping of wrong elephant symbol of BSP with the trunk raised above
posture and threatening to allot the symbols to other parties and
independents will become a comedy when other symbols such as
hand,lantern,cycle,lotus,hand pump, pen, watch etc with other following
postures also would be allotted to other parties and independents:Since
the pictures could not be seen in comments, visit
the 170 million pairs of hands, bicycles, lotuses and all the photos of
Lakshmi standing on lotuses, all the
bicycles,spectacles,watches,pens,table fans,TV sets, lanterns, hand
pumps, sickles with hammers
and stars must be draped in clothes or plastics.
Election Commission has rejected BSP plea to reconsider its order to
cover statues of party symbol ‘elephant’ and that of Chief Minister
Mayawati in poll-bound Uttar Pradeesh.
The EC must regret that such an order was passed.
People of this country expect a higher sense of responsibility and constitutional decorum
from CEC for such an order inspired by pressure from some
The public is attributing as anti-Untouchables and casteist motives to its order on statutes.
It does include
considerations of religion, race, caste and community in the manner as
alleged.And it is one of the assigned responsibilities (by some political parties) of the EC to
ensure that these aspects are allowed to vitiate the election
No doubt the order was to be in conformity with the EC’s consistent
practice to remove
photographs and pictures of active political leaders at all public
places, put up at the cost of public exchequer, so that there was no
undue advantage or disadvantage to political parties and the candidates.
But the basic philosophy of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) was that
the political parties, in the Centre and
in the States, did not use their official power and official machinery
in a manner which might lead to complaints of misuse to influence the
voters. “This basic philosophy of MCC has not been met.
BSP’s contention is that the elephant statues were in welcome
posture with trunks raised and were different from the party’s symbol
wherein the elephant was seen with its trunk down, the EC said it was
not acceptable. Political parties and Independent candidates would seek
allotment of the the following Hand,bicycle,lotus,spectacles,watches,pens,table
fans,TV sets, lanterns, hand pumps, sickles with hammers
and stars symbols in different postures if it allots elephant symbol
to other parties. CEC may have to allot all the above and below
mentioned different postures of symbols.
While enforcing the level playing field, the EC should take into
account statues raised with private funds also, whether of political leaders
or election symbols or otherwise.
The EC pointed out that in the implementation of the MCC, must
engage in prior consultations every time, and try to take early
remedial action in order to keep the electoral process on the track. In
any case, here the EC was covering an untouchable’s statue encourages the people to practice Un-seeablility, hence the need
to consult BSP did arise.
Looking from whatever rules, facts and reasoning, the step to cover the
statues was the most inappropriate option before the EC.
Chief Election Commissioner S.Y. Quraishi cannot put an end to the controversy as allegations had
been levelled against it on a daily basis.
By draping the statue of an untouchable, the EC has made provision for the people of UP to practice Unseeabilty.
the issuance on Thursday of the notification for the first phase of
Assembly polls on February 8, there is and apprehension in the minds of
the people of this country in general and the broad minded people of
Uttar Pradesh in particular, that the comedy action of the Commission
may even postpone the UP election out of fear that the BSP may cross 300
seats.You have ordered for draping of elephants in Uttar Pradesh which
are not the symbol of BSP.
Elephant symbols of empowerment are too powerful for India’s Election Commission
India’s Election Commission ordered last week that all the elephants,
and statues of Mayawati, should be covered for the duration of the
state’s current assembly elections – polling takes place next month. The
chief election commissioner, S.Y.Qureshi, said this was done to stop
Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) gaining “political mileage” from
excessive and unnecessary because the statues were permanent fixtures,
not photographs or banners hung on walls or highways. The expensive
drama involved in covering them also drew attention to Mayawati, and has
led to sympathy from her supporters – she told them the
authorities were discriminating against SC/STs.
So the elephants are important, covered or uncovered, and they are
also significant as a symbol of Mayawati’s success. She is a Scheduled Caste– the
“untouchables” (Aboriginal Inhabitant of PraBUddha Bharath) in the Indian caste system – and relies on this caste
for mass support in elections.
Her main aim has been to impress her fellow SC/STs/OBCs/Minorities/Poor Upper Castes by building up her
own extravagant exclusive image and life-style, and by building the
monuments that bring back memories of powerful Mogul rulers’ palaces and
forts and widespread highway projects,
including a race track for a very successful grand prix motor race last October.
Many people throng to the parks on holidays and admire the elephants,
enjoying the well maintained open spaces.
But this is the BSP election symbol
you have ordered it to be draped saying elephant is an elephant whether
its trunk raised above or low. In that case will you order the
following standing sitting dancing, milk drinking elephants found all
over UP to be draped. Will it not be a comedy?
Uttar Pradesh the fight is between Bahujan Samaj Party with its Sacred
Politics, led by Highly Performing best and meritorious governance of
kanoon ki Devi Ms Maha Mayawati VS a handful greedy politicians such as
Nehruvian and Mulayam dynasty yurajas, yurani ( had the yuraj’s father,
mother, sister, grand father, great grand father who ruled for 65 years
allowed untouchable Scheduled Castes inside their kitchens, now the
youraj need not visit their homes all his life for the sake of votes)
& the media which should be
“I can face two battalions but not two scribes. – Napoleon Bonaparte
Once the media loses credibility, it can forget about being the watchdog of society.
It will lose all moral authority to call others to account.”
But not like negative media those do not publish comments in favour of BSP. Media
making adverse reports on BSP and not publishing corrective comments,
some of them in the name of moderation. Such handful of Greedy people,
media and the CEC will become broadminded to support an untouchable to
rule this country as it was done by the people of Uttar Pradesh in whole
heartedly elected Ms Mayawati as Chief Minister and the people of US
elected Obama as the President. Instead of visiting the houses of
untouchables throughout life for the sake of power and votes, it is
better to make an untouchable as the Prime Minister of this country and
create a situation where the SC/STs could easily get into the kitchens
of the traditional Upper Caste leaders whno never do so.
Mayawati alleged that the poll panel’s order was “one-sided” and “anti-Scheduled Castes”. “The Election Commission made a one-sided decision to cover statues of elephants and those of mine installed to honour the will of Kanshiram, without hearing my party.”
“Centre and Opposition are insulting Kanshiram; SC/STs will not forgive them”, she said.
She also cited the example of a park in Chandigarh erected by the
Congress that carries a 45-feet-high hand - the party’s symbol. Calling upon the poll panel to cover such structures of the Congress in other states, she said, “If the CEC is not just, BSP will call it anti-SC/ST, under Congress pressure.”
Putting up a brave face, she also said that the statue-screening
incident had saved the party crores by giving it huge publicity. “CEC, other parties have publicised BSP for free, I thank them.”
Mayawati will truly win in the upcoming elections next month. A wish she has already expressed to the electorate, something she reiterated again today- UP as her birthday gift. Victory in the polls would truly be a sweet surprise, a fitting belated birthday gift.
The BSP will encash the Election Commission’s directives on
draping the statues of Ms. Mayawati and party symbol elephant. Party general
secretary Satish Chandra Mishra fired a missive to Chief Election
Commissioner S.Y. Quraishi on Thursday, protesting against the
“one-sided order.” Describing Ms. Mayawati as Scheduled Caste ki beti
(daughter of a SC), Mr. Mishra wrote that the EC’s diktats had
demoralised the SC/STs and downtrodden sections.BSP general secretary
and Rajya Sabha member Satish
Chandra Mishra criticised the order. Mr. Mishra had written to the
Commission saying its order was in violation of the law, and that
it be reconsidered. Mr. Mishra had even said the Commission had
demoralised the party and left SC/STs and backwards “cheated.” The BSP
also appeared to raise questions on the Commission’s intentions to hold
free and fair polls in the State.
Mr. Mishra had
written: “The decision is [in] violation of Article 14 of the
Constitution, which provides right of equality. Similar decisions should
be taken against other parties also.”