New Delhi: Slamming Mayawati-led Uttar Pradesh government for politicising the Election Commission’s decision of covering up the statues of the Chief Minister and the BSP party symbol ‘elephant’ across the state, the Commission on Thursday warned of taking stringent action against the party if they resort to similar conduct in future.

The EC showed its wrath over the recent letter of state Chief Secretary Anoop Mishra terming it to have a political colour.

It is to be noted that the Commission has asked Mishra to provide complete detail about the progress in the work of covering up the statues of Mayawati and the party poll symbol erected at public places across the state but contradictorily, the Chief Secretary shooting gun on his arch rivals, the SP and the RLD, mentioned about the distribution of bicycles and installation of hand-pumps across the region and hinted urging the EC to take action against them on the lines of the BSP.

The EC also pulled up Mishra for pleading the Commission to reconsider the cover-up decision by extending support to the letter of party general secretary Satish Chandra Mishra in this regard.

The general secretary in his letter to the EC had pleaded the election body to rethink its decision and had alleged the Commission for not being pro-active against other political factions.

Sources said, along with keeping tab on the official activities of Mishra during the polls, the Commission will also observe his other movements that could lead to violation of model code of conduct.

(JPN/Bureau)