BJP tells EC it was not involved in Lucknow function

Updated on Apr 22, 2004 06:49 PM IST

BJP has sought to wash its hands off the sari distribution function that led to stampede killing 22 women.

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BJP on Thursday sought to wash its hands off the sari distribution function at Lucknow that led to a stampede in which 22 women were killed in the Prime Minister's constituency telling the Election Commission that it was in no way involved, either directly or indirectly, in it.

A delegation of BJP leaders led by party spokesman Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi met the full Election Commission on Thursday to submit the party's response 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.

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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