Trouble is brewing for the Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh (BBM) chairperson, Prakash Ambedkar, who had stirred a controversy be threatening the Election Commission recently.
Taking cognisance of the statement made in the rally in Yavatmal district, the officials from the chief electoral officer’s (CEO) office said that a case has been registered against Ambedkar by the district collector at Digras Police station in Yavatmal district.
A case has been registered against Prakash Ambedkar under sections 503, 506, and 189 of the IPC for criminal intimidation and threat of injury to a public servant.
Earlier in the day, the additional chief electoral officer Dilip Shinde said in Mumbai, “We have sought a report from the local poll officers where Ambedkar made the alleged remark. We have also asked the officers to submit the report by today itself.” Ambedkar said he had made a general statement, but regretted that only his comment was singled out.
Addressing the rally, Ambedkar said that he would jail the EC officials for two days, for prohibiting discussion about the Pulwama attack, if voted to power. He had furthered that, we are told to not talk about Pulwama but I would like to know why we shouldn’t talk about it when the constitution permits us to say what we want.
Prakash Ambedkar, who has tied up with Asaduddin Owaisi’s All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) in Maharashtra, filed his nomination papers from Solapur, the district from where BJP has fielded the Lingayat spiritual leader, Jai Siddheshwar Shivacharya and also from Akola Lok Sabha constituencies as a Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) nominee.
Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) is an alliance of Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh, Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM and Janata Dal(S) in Maharashtra.
This is, however, not the first time Prakash Ambedkar has meted out such threats. In a similar display of animosity, Ambedkar had in October last year, lashed out at Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat, claiming that he possessed illegal weapons and also demanded his arrest under the Arms Act.
In a protest rally against the RSS in Mumbai, Ambedkar, speaking to his party workers had said that along with its chief Bhagwat, the organisation should also be booked for possessing such weapons.
Prakash, the grandson of BR Ambedkar, heads a Dalit political outfit called Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh in Maharastra and intends to contest in the upcoming elections to be held in the state. Ambedkar had also been caught threatening journalist Anand Narasimhan after his channel had exposed the role of Urban Naxals in creating unrest in the country. Agitated by this expose, Prakash Ambedkar had abused the journo and warned him of consequences once the present government loses power.