Give funds to SP, others for digital campaign: Akhilesh Yadav to EC

Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday urged the Election Commission (EC) to release funds for virtual campaigning to political parties that do not have the “digital infrastructure to compete with the BJP.”

“I would appeal to EC to give some funds to parties so that they can prepare their infrastructure, because we can’t compete with BJP’s infrastructure…and the democratic set-up is on equal platform,” Yadav told reporters.

On yesterday, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sushil Chandra said a ban on rallies, roadshows, and other such physical modes of canvassing will be reviewed on January 15.

“If EC decides for virtual rallies, then some help should be given to parties which do not have a strong infrastructure,” the former UP CM said.

The key Opposition leader in the poll-bound state said SP’s legal team will lodge a police complaint against the BJP IT cell head Amit Malviya for tweeting a photo of him with the wrong perfume trader, of the two Jains recently raided.

“He (Malvia) has uploaded a photograph of mine saying that the perfume trader who was raided is also standing with me. We will definitely get an FIR against that person,” Yadav said.