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Priyanka behind booth-capturing conspiracy: SP

SP state unit president Ram Saran Das demanded Priyanka be ordered to leave Rae Bareli immediately.

india Updated: May 07, 2006 14:45 IST

A desperate Samajwadi Party (SP) on Sunday alleged Congress President Sonia Gandhi's election agent Priyanka had hatched a conspiracy to indulge in booth-capturing in Monday's bypolls in Rae Bareli.

But the partry suffered a setback when its demand for getting her out of the constituency was rejected by the Returning Officer.

In a letter to the Election Commission, SP state unit president Ram Saran Das demanded Priyanka be ordered to leave Rae Bareli immediately.

This was stated by SP General Secretary Beni Prasad Verma, whose son-in-law in the party candidate in the bypolls, at a press conference in Lucknow.

The Returning Officer at Rae Bareli had earlier rejected the SP's demand that Priyanka be asked to leave the constituency.

Charging Priyanka with hatching a "conspiracy to capture booths during Monday's polling", Verma alleged a large number of plainclothes police personnel from the Congress-ruled states of Punjab and Haryana had reached Rae Bareli to give effect to the plan.

In another letter to the poll panel, SP candidate Rajkumar Chaudhary said Priyanka could not become the election agent as she enjoyed SPG security.

The letter alleged she had been terrorising the electorate.

The Election Commission had earlier directed all political functionaries who are not voters in Rae Bareli and enjoyed state security to leave the constituency by 5 pm on Saturday.

This order, however, was not applicable to election agents.