UP Cabinet Minister and state BSP Chief Swami Prasad Maurya lost his temper on Saturday (Feb 11th) when second phase of polling took place. He shouted at a PAC personnel at a polling station on the polling day. If his act is tantamount to the violation of the model code of conduct, will be decided by Election Commission. Chief Electoral Officer of UP, Umesh Prasad Sinha, has dispatched the CD of the incident to the Commission which will take a final call after going through it.

Maurya is contesting from Padrauna Assembly constituency in Kushinagar district. Maurya who was making visit to Tulsi Vidyalaya polling station in his constituency, was interrupted by a PAC personnel deployed there. Feeling offended, Maurya lost his temper and soon began shouting at the security staff. The Congress had officially registered a complaint with the Commission about this incident. Acting on the complaint, the Commission has sought a report about the incident.

According to the sources, the District Returning Officer in his report has said that first dispute cropped up when Maurya tried to enter the premises of the polling station in his vehicle. Polling agents of the opposition parties expressed their sharp reservations on this. When his vehicle was stopped by the security personnel deployed there, Maurya entered inside the premises on foot. Later a hot exchange of words cropped up between the BSP leader and a security staff inside the polling station.

Excerpts of verbal brawl between Maurya and the security staff:

Jawan: Stop hovering around here.

Maurya: Who are you to ask me for this?

Jawan: I have been deployed here as a security staff.

Maurya: You are a security staff… I am a candidate.

Jawan: It doesn’t matter. Just get out of here.

Maurya: Don’t talk nonsense.

Jawan: Why not?

Maurya: Just Shut up. I have to be here.

Jawan: Don’t teach me norms!

Maurya: Even you don’t do so… I am superior to an agent of a political party.