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Varun fears 'mischief' by UP Govt, wants neutral observers

Apprehending some 'mischief' by the Uttar Pradesh government when he files his nomination on April 22, BJP's candidate from Pilibhit Varun Gandhi today requested the Election Commission to appoint neutral observers and videograph the proceedings.

india Updated: Apr 18, 2009 21:39 IST

Apprehending some "mischief" by the Uttar Pradesh government when he files his nomination on April 22, BJP's candidate from Pilibhit Varun Gandhi on Saturday requested the Election Commission to appoint neutral observers and videograph the proceedings.

Gandhi, who is on a two-week parole, also requested for transfer of Pilibhit District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police, alleging that they have "demonstrated their malafides" against him.

Alternatively, directions should be issued to the DM and SP against "any illegal and partisan conduct with specific regard to my nomination process and electoral campaign," said the BJP candidate who has been arrested for alleged hate-speech during campaigning.

"It is .. Requested that in order to prevent any sort of mischief by the state government on the occasion of my filing of nomination papers at Pilibhit, Uttar Pradesh, the Election Commission appoint neutral observers that may accompany me so that the entire episode may be under your scrutiny," he said in a three-page letter to the EC.

Gandhi said he apprehended that the state government could "act on its hostile attitude against me" and "create a public disturbance (on the day of his filing nomination) which it can conveniently blame on me."

"It is apprehended that the district administration (of Pilibhit) may try to obstruct my nomination process by rejecting my papers on some or other false pretext," Varun Gandhi said.

"I have every reason to apprehend that, in continuation of the personal and political vendetta on me since 28.03.2009, the state government or the ruling party in the state are most likely to stage-manage events on 01.05.2009 or during the course of my election campaign thereafter to promote the ruling party's political agenda," he said.

In an effort to buttress his fear, Gandhi referred to statement of Chief Minister Mayawati after he was released on parole on direction of the Supreme Court on Thursday and said "her government is opposed to my being released".

Gandhi referred to EC's directive to UP Chief Electoral Officer to keep a close track of his programmes and video record the same and said the process of his filing the nominations should also be videographed.

He said he was making the requests as the Pilibhit district administration has "partisan attitude", which it has "previously demonstrated" by "levelling false charges at the behest of the state government against me."

The administration, he alleged, "had then gone further and imposed the draconian NSA Act against me to reap political benefit for the ruling party of UP."