CONTROVERSY OVER reported rigging by the Samajwadi Party (SP) in the civic bodies election and verbal duel between State Election Commissioner (SEC) Aparmita Pratap Singh and leaders of the opposition parties has deepened further following allegation of the opposition that the polling was ‘unprecedented’ and such a partisan election was never witnessed in the State.
One of the commissioners, who happened to be on tour of the State, was shocked to see the extent to which the SP men were indulged in rigging.
While talking to the Hindustan Times on Thursday, leader of the Opposition Lalji Tandon said that the SEC was doing unethical things to please Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, who had promised him a lucrative post soon after the elections.
Reacting to reported unsavoury comments made on him by Singh, Tandon said that Singh had made dirty comments on the Governor also and he could do anything to get the promised offer from the CM.
He further said that the SEC was doing everything possible to ensure victory of the SP nominees but he reminded him that Mulayam would not be in power forever and the new Government would not spare him for his misdeeds.
Former UP minister and Congress leader Ashok Yadav said: “Jab Se Maine Hosh Sambhala Hai, Aparmita Pratap Singh Ko Kabhi Hosh Mein Nahin Dekha.” He also produced documentary evidence to prove his claim that large-scale bungling was done in the civil poll in Shikohabad district.
Meanwhile, State BJP spokesman Hriday Narain Dixit said that the SEC had shown his mean mentality by commenting even on the Governor and by condemning the Gonda district magistrate report on the pretext that he was son-in-law of State BJP president Keshri Nath Tripathi.
He said that Singh’s claim of holding free and fair election was the ‘biggest joke’ of the year, but nothing better could be expected from him as he could ‘compromise’ with anything for petty gains. Not only the Government machinery was blatantly misused, even the administration working like election agent of the ruling party and it was most unfortunate for any democratic set up, he observed.