Tej Bahadur Yadav’s nomination papers were rejected for his failure to submit a certificate that he was not sacked for either corruption or disloyalty. (Image Credit: ANI)
The Supreme Court will on Wednesday here the plea of former BSF constable and Samajwadi Party Lok Sabha candidate Tej Bahadur Yadav against the rejection of his nomination from Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency.
Yadav's fate on fighting the polls from the temple town currently hangs in balance as the district election officer has served him notices pointing "discrepancies" in the two nominations filed by him.
Supreme Court to hear tomorrow the plea of former BSF constable Tej Bahadur Yadav against the rejection of his nomination from Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency (file pic) pic.twitter.com/MLVZHcrefA— ANI (@ANI) May 7, 2019
"I had filed my first nomination as an Independent candidate on April 24 and on SP party symbol on April 29. If there were any issues with the nominations, why wasn't I informed earlier? Despite lack of time, our legal team is furnishing all details to the RO (returning officer)," he had said.
Yadav, in his plea, termed the decision of the poll panel discriminatory and unreasonable and said it should be set aside. Yadav alleged that the Election Commission was acting on behest of the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
He also alleged that the BJP is creating a roadblock in his nomination process to stop him from contesting the Prime Minister.
Yadav was dismissed from the service in 2017 after uploaded a video on social media complaining that poor quality food was being served to the troops in the icy, mountainous region along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. He was later dismissed on the charge of indiscipline.
Meanwhile, a video is going viral in which Tej Bahadur Yadav is purportedly talking about assassinating Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
When Tej Bahadur Yadav was asked about the video, he confessed that he is the man in the video but claimed that the clip was ‘doctored’ as he never spoke to assassinate the Prime Minister. The sacked BSF jawan said that the video was shot by a Delhi Police constable in 2017 when he was staging a dharna at Jantar Mantar in Delhi after his dismissal.