Mayawati accuses election panel of caste bias following frisking incident in Gulbarga

Gulbarga (Karnataka), April 28 (ANI): Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister and founder chief of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Mayawati, has charged the Election Commission with perpetrating a culture of caste bias after she was recently frisked in poll-bound Karnataka.

She expressed her voice of dissent while addressing an election rally at Gulbarga.

Mayawati revealed that when she arrived by a chartered helicopter to address the rally, she was frisked and also her baggage checked by the officials of the Election Commission to ascertain whether she was carrying any cash to lure voters.

She said election commission officials could not digest the fact that a daughter of a Dalit is coming by helicopter to address an election rally in Karnataka.

She questioned the officials for never checking Congress president Sonia Gandhi or BJP leader Sushma Swaraj, when they undertook similar trips and visits.

Meanwhile, officials of the Electoral Office of Karnataka said in Bangalore that considerable amount of cash was recovered from Mayawati's election venue and efforts are on to ascertain its source.

Frisking Mayawati was to clarify certain apprehensions and allied reports, they said.

"We have recovered cash. We are trying to find out where it come from, what is the amount, what is it its source? It is not like that. We are checking everywhere. We have frisked everybody respectfully," said Chief Electoral Officer, Karnataka, Anil Kumar Jha at Bangalore.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled state goes to polls on May 5 and results would be declared on May 8. (ANI)