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BJP Moves EC Over UP CM Akhilesh Yadav’s Remark On Bribing Voters

On Saturday, Akhilesh Yadav told voters, “Take money from other parties, but vote for the ‘bicycle’ symbol.”

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The BJP on Sunday sent a letter to the Election Commission over remarks of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav asking voters to accept money from other parties but to cast their ballot for the Samajwadi Party.

On Saturday in Bhadohi, Akhilesh Yadav had told voters, “Vote ke paise mile to lena par vote SP ko dena (Take money from other parties, but vote for the 'bicycle' symbol).”

BJP vice-president JPS Rathore has accused Akhilesh of violating the model code of conduct.

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BJP lashed out at Yadav for “hurting” the dignity of the chief minister’s post by making a “frivolous” statement.

UP BJP spokesperson Manoj Mishra alleged that the CM told mediapersons in Lucknow, “Patrakar mitro, chunaav mein aap hamara sahyog kariye baad mein hum aapko puraskrit karenge (My journalist friends, please cooperate with me during the elections. Later, I will reward you).”

Mishra said that the statement of Akhilesh indicates that he has already accepted defeat and has started talking about “len-den (monetary transactions)”.

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