Election nomination papers of Indian PM Modi’s challenger cancelled

NEW DELHI- The election nomination of Tej Bahadur Yadav, the candidate of a “grand alliance” who was contesting against Prime Minister Narendra Modi from the Varanasi parliamentary constituency, was rejected on Wednesday for want of some “formalities.” Yadav was the candidate of the “grand alliance” formed by three regional parties – the Samajwadi Party, the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Rashtriya Lok Dal in northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

Initially he was contesting as an Independent candidate. However, on April 29 the Samajwadi Party announced him as its official candidate to take on Modi.Polling of votes in Varanasi is slated to take place on May 19, the last and seventh phase of the ongoing parliamentary elections.

A couple of years ago Yadav was sacked from his job in the Border Security Force (BSF), after his video went viral on the social media wherein he complained about “poor quality” of food served to the BSF personnel and also the “poor” service conditions. He had also alleged “corruption” among senior officials of the BSF.

Later, he was dismissed by the Summary Security Force Court, a court of inquiry which found that he had damaged the “image of the BSF.”Speaking to media persons in Varanasi, Yadav said that he will soon approach the country’s apex court, the Supreme Court of India, against the cancellation of his nomination papers.He said his nomination papers were “purposely” cancelled as a part of conspiracy. Enditem

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