A case was registered against Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh president Prakash Ambedkar for allegedly making objectionable remarks against the Election Commission (EC), police said.
Earlier in the day, addressing an election rally at Digras in Maharashtra’s Yavatmal district, Ambedkar said he would jail the EC for two days if voted to power.
The Yavatmal district collector lodged a complaint against Ambedkar at the Digras police station and a case under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 503 (criminal intimidation), 505 (statements conducing to public mischief) and 189 (threat of injury to public servant) was registered.
Ambedkar has formed the “Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi”, an alliance with the Asaduddin Owaisi-led All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.
“We have lost 40 soldiers (in Pulwama), but still sitting quietly. We have been asked not to speak on the Pulwama attack. How can the EC gag us? Our Constitution has given us the right to speak. I am not the BJP. If voted to power, we will jail the Election Commission for two days,” Ambedkar said during the rally on Thursday.
In an election rally held in Nanded on Wednesday, Ambedkar said if he was voted to power, the notes scrapped by the Modi government will be remonetised.
Talking to PTI about Ambedkar’s remarks on the EC, additional chief electoral officer Dilip Shinde said, “We have sought a report from the local poll officers where Ambedkar made the alleged remark. We have also asked the officers to submit the report by today itself.” When asked about his remarks, Ambedkar said he had made a “general” statement.
“I said it in a general sense, but only my comment on the EC was singled out,” Ambedkar told PTI.
Maharashtra will go to polls in four phases, starting April 11 and concluding on April 29. The second and third phase of polling will be held on April 18 and 23.