New Delhi: The Election Commission on Wednesday ruled out reconsideration of its order to cover statues of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati and BSP party symbol 'elephant' and rejected her "aspersions" that the directive was "anti-Dalit" and "casteist".
The poll authority also said it saw "no reason or justification" to reconsider its order to cover statues of Mayawati and the elephant symbol of the BSP built at government cost in poll-bound UP.
The EC, in a statement, said while it took all views about its working in its stride, it was "disturbed" that the UP chief minister had cast serious aspersions on the Commission's order by attributing anti-Dalit and casteist motives to it.
"Commission regrets that such an allegation was made and rejects the allegation," the EC said in a statement.
The poll authority said it expected a higher sense of responsibility and Constitutional decorum from major political parties and their leaders.
"It notes with concern such statements coming from those holding senior Constitutional positions," the EC said.
"She is a senior leader. What can I say? She should think before making such comments," Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi told reporters when asked for comments on the issue.
In a related development, the Commission also rejected a BSP plea to reconsider its order to cover statues of the party symbol 'elephant' and that of Mayawati built using public funds in the state.
"...the Commission does not see any reason or justification to reconsider its order," R K Srivastava, Principal Secretary, Election Commission, said in a letter to BSP leader Satish Chandra Mishra.