A challenge to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s election as MP in the 2019 Lok Sabha election from the Varanasi constituency in Uttar Pradesh was rejected by the Supreme Court of India.
Notably, the case goes back to 2019 when a sacked Border Security Force (BSF) jawan, Tej Bahadur Yadav, wanted to contest against PM Modi from the Varanasi constituency but failed after his documents were rejected by the Election Commission. He then filed a petition against his disqualification in the Supreme Court.
Earlier, the Allahabad High Court had also rejected Yadav’s plea. And today, a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court upheld the decision of the election body and the High Court.
Tej Bahadur had notably argued in the Supreme Court that he had filed his nomination as an independent candidate and later as a candidate of Samajwadi Party from Varanasi. The election body rejected his nomination for “extraneous reasons”, he alleged.
Yadav had said that he wanted to contest the election to eradicate corruption within the armed forces.
Yadav was dismissed from the BSF in 2017 after he posted a video online complaining about the quality of food served to the troops.