Yadav supported party candidate from Noida Narendra Bhati, whose statement was caught on tape. Poll officials told that while cases have been slapped against Bhati, the matter did not end there and that Uttar Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer Umesh Sinha has sought details of Akhilesh’s interactions with the media on Tuesday in which he made light of Bhati's comments.

Alluding to Bhati's statement that ‘we have our own government, even if the poll panel files cases suspecting bogus voting, don't be scared, we will withdraw cases soon after the Lok Sabha polls’, the Chief Minister said that ‘people have the right to booth management’.

The BJP pounced on Yadav's statement and said that the Chief Minister was in fact promoting illegal acts such as bogus voting.

"This is simply preposterous, the Chief Minister openly backing a party leader who is talking of breaking laws," said Uttar Pradesh BJP spokesperson Vijay Bahadur Pathak.

Bahujan Samaj Party's Swamy Prasad Maurya said that nothing better could be expected of Bhati or any other Samajwadi Party leader, including the Chief Minister.

"We have always been saying that there is mafia raj in the state, this is yet another example," he said.


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