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Mayawati livid at election commission searches, plays dalit card

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Gulbarga: A "flying squad" of the Election Commission on Saturday subjected Mayawati to checking for a second time in quick succession, following which an angry BSP supremo hit out at the poll watchdog, playing the Dalit card.

As soon as Mayawati, who is here for campaigning for the May 5 Assembly poll, landed by helicopter at a helipad on the outskirts of the taluk headquarters town of Jewargi in Gulbarga district, the flying squad carried out an inspection in the chopper.

They found Rs. one lakh in cash from her bag, which was not seized after she explained that it belonged to her supporters who accompanied her in the helicopter and that each person is "entitled" to carry Rs. 50,000.

Thereafter, as she was climbing the dais put up for her party's public meeting in Jewargi, the flying squad again searched Mayawati and her car, an action that infuriated the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister.

"Have you checked Sonia Gandhi (Congress President) and Sushma Swaraj (BJP leader and Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha) when they came for campaigning? You are searching me because I am a Dalit woman?", she said.

Gulbarga Deputy Commissioner K J Jagadish told PTI that the flying squad recorded the search and he would send a report to the Election Commission.

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