The Election Commission served a notice on the Samajwadi Party chief, Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav, for allegedly making threatening remarks against the district magistrate and returning officer of Mainpuri, Ms Ministhy Dileep, at a public rally on 23 March.
The Commission, which examined the compact disc allegedly containing Mr. Singhs speeches made in Mainpuri on March 23, has enclosed a copy of the CD along with the notice. Mr. Singh is contesting from Mainpuri.
The Commission notice said that if Mr. Singh failed to give his reply by 4 p.m. on Friday, it would take action without any further notice.
The Commission considers such threats as obstacles to the conduct of free and fair elections, as such actions affect the morale of the district election machinery involved in the conduct of elections, the notice said.