Sacked BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav moves SC against EC decision to cancel his candidature from Varanasi seat

Sacked BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav on Monday moved the Supreme Court challenging the Election Commissions decision to cancel his candidature from the Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is contesting. Yadav, who was dismissed in 2017 after he posted a video online complaining about the food served to the troops, was fielded by the Samajwadi Party as its candidate from the Varanasi seat. Yadav, in his plea, termed the decision of the poll panel discriminatory and unreasonable and said it should be set aside. The SP had initially fielded Shalini Yadav as its candidate to contest against Modi and later nominated the sacked BSF jawan. The poll panel had dismissed Yadavs nomination Wednesday. He was served notices by the Varanasi returning officer over In the first set of papers on April 24, he had mentioned that he was dismissed from the Border Security Force. On April 29 he submitted a second set of papers as the SP nominee, but did not give out this information. He was also required to submit a no-objection certificate from the BSF, giving reasons for his dismissal. Yadav had accused the BJP of resorting to dictatorial steps to stop him from fighting elections. My nomination was rejected today even though I had furnished the NOC from BSF that was required by the RO,