EC notice to Maharashtra minister Mahadev Jankar for “threatening” poll officer

Maharashtra State Election Commission has issued a notice to Animal Husbandry Minister Mahadev Jankar after a video went viral in which the minister was seen pressurising an election official over the phone to reject the nomination of a Congress candidate.

EC notice to Maharashtra minister Mahadev Jankar for “threatening” poll officer

Maharashtra State Election Commission has issued a notice to Animal Husbandry Minister Mahadev Jankar after a video went viral in which the minister was seen pressurising an election official over the phone to reject the nomination of a Congress candidate.

The Congress has filed a complaint with state election commissioner against Jankar.  The video purportedly shows Jankar instructing an election officer for the Desaiganj-Wadsa Municipal Council in Gadchiroli district to reject nomination papers of a Congress candidate.



Janlar was seen saying in the controversial video, “This is Mahadev Jankar speaking. See there is this Vadsa Nagar Palika in Desaiganj. Mr Motwani has  filed his nominations. Give him the symbol of cup and saucer. Help him. Advocate Guru will meet you. I'm in Vadsa now. I am Mahadev Jankar, cabinet minister for animal husbandry , dairy development, and fisheries. Keep this in mind. He has filed 2 nominations. One is independent and the other is from Congress. So reject the Congress nomination form and keep the independent one. I think no one has asked for the cup and saucer symbol. It's my party's symbol.”


The Congress has demanded that actions should be taken against Jankar as he has breached the elections code of conduct. Nationalist Congress Party leader Ajit Pawar has demanded that Jankar should be sacked from the cabinet.


Shiv Sena legislator Pratap Sarnaik too has criticised Mr Jankar and said that once you take the oath, you must follow it.

However, Jankar has refuted all allegations and claimed that he was speaking with his lawyer. “I have neither pressurised anyone nor breached the election code of conduct,” said Jankar.