Candidates should be barred from visiting religious places or offering prayers, says BSP supremo Mayawati

New Delhi, News24 Bureau, May 15: Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati has a 'sound' suggestion to minimise expenses during the elections. The BSP supremo says that before the elections poll candidates should be barred from visiting religious places or offering prayers."Roadshows and offering prayers have become a fashion during elections, where a lot of money is spent. The Election Commission should add this expense to the candidate's expenditure limit," Mayawati told a gathering on Monday.Not just this former Uttar Pradesh chief minister also added he added the EC should also pass an order stopping media from showing the candidates while they visit public places or offer prayers when the Model Code of Conduct is in place. 'This," she says, "will solve many problems that take place during the elections time."

Earlier launching a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BSP supremo Mayawati on Tuesday said the country will not be "deceived" by "dual characters" any more and it now wants only a PM, not a "chaiwala or chowkidaar"."The country has already seen a number of leaders in form of sevak (servant), mukhya sevak (chief servant), chaiwala (tea vendor) and chowkidaar (watchman), who indulge in misleading the people. But, the country now needs a pure Prime Minister who can run the country in accordance with welfare spirit of the Constitution...The public has already been fooled by people of dual character, and will not be fooled any more," she said at a press conference hereThe BSP chief said the BJP government is a sinking ship.

With Agencies