Dalit leader MP Prakash Ambedkar has landed in a controversy on Thursday for allegedly threatening to put the Election Commission in jail for two days for not letting political parties speak about the Pulwama terror attack.
The three-time MP had made this statement during a rally on Thursday in Yavatmal district of Maharashtra to which the state election commission took notice of and sought a report from the local poll officials.
Prakash Ambedkar is the grandson of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar and is contesting from Solapur and Akola constituencies in Maharashtra as a candidate of Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) - an alliance of Ambedkar-led Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh and Asaduddin Owaisi's AIMIM.
The Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) is contesting all 48 Lok Sabha seats in the state.
During the rally, Ambedkar said, "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."
Furthermore, he took a dig against Modi’s government in another election rally held in Nanded ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections saying that if he was voted to power, the notes scrapped by the Prime Minister-led government will be remonetized.
Additional Chief Electoral Officer Dilip Shinde while talking to press 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."
Upon being asked about the remarks made by Ambedkar, he said that he had made a ‘general’ statement.
"I said it in a general sense, but only my comment on the EC was singled out," he said.
The state of Maharashtra will go to 2019 Lok Sabha 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.
(With PTI inputs)