BJP says it played 'no role' in Lucknow stampede

Published on Apr 22, 2004 08:39 PM IST

BJP officially told EC it was not involved "in any way at all" in the stampede in PM's seat that killed 25 women and children.

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PTI | ByPress Trust of India, New Delhi

The BJP on Thursday told the Election Commission that it was not involved "in any way at all" in the Lucknow stampede, in which at least 25 women and children were killed.

A delegation, led by party spokesman Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, met the full Election Commission to submit the party's position on the issue.

The party was issued a show cause notice by the Commission on April 16 giving it a week's time to reply. The Commission had also directed the UP Government to file a criminal case of electoral bribery against BJP leader Lalji Tandon, who had organised the function.

Twenty-one poor women and an infant were trampled to death in the stampede during the saree distribution programme organised to celebrate the birthday of Tandon on April 12.

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