the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate and contender from Varanasi Lok Sabha seat, to hold a rally within the city limit for “security reasons”, was accused of working at the behest of the ruling Samajwadi Party. Senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad in an interview to CNN-IBN claimed Yadav is a relative of ruling Yadav family of Uttar Pradesh, something Samajwadi Party has denied. In one of the four letters sent to EC on Wednesday which BoI has seen, BJP's senior leader Arun Jaitley said Yadav is “clearly guilty of dereliction of duty”. “He (Yadav) has indulged in conduct unbecoming of an officer,” Jaitley said in his letter. EC, however, has refused to take any action against the officer. “Competent local authorities of Varanasi, for security reasons, were unable to give permission for Modi's public meeting in Benia Bagh. We are bound to go by professional advice from the local administration,” chief election commissioner VS Sampath said in a press conference on Thursday. BJP leaders feel elections in Varanasi, scheduled on May 12, won’t be impartial if Yadav continues to remain as the returning officer there.
Without getting into details of the merit of the case, BoI here presents who this officer is. Born on February 7, 1980, Yadav hails from UP’s Shahjahanpur. He completed his B.Tech in mechanical engineering from IIT-Roorkey before getting into IAS in 2006. He began his career as an assistant collector in Allahabad district in June 2007 and then moved as a joint collector in Sidharth Nagar sub-division next year. He was a collector in Maharajganj and Azamgarh districts too.