Choppers land Rahul, NDA in row
Authorities in UP deny landing permission to JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav and instead allow Cong MP Rahul Gandhi to land at the same spot for campaign.Updated: Apr 17, 2007, 18:35 IST
The NDA on Tuesday complained to the Election Commission that authorities in Uttar Pradesh denied landing permission to the helicopter carrying JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav, but instead allowed Congress MP Rahul Gandhi to land at the same spot for electioneering.
An NDA delegation consisting of the JD (U)'s Shambhu Shrivastwa and Prakash Javadekar of the BJP met the full Election Commission in the Capital, alleging Yadav was treated with discrimination by the district administration at Badaun.
"This kind of discriminatory attitude is beyond comprehension," it said in its memorandum.
Yadav was originally given permission to land at the Police Lines grounds at Badaun on April 14, but his helicopter had to land at a different location where there were no security arrangements, it alleged. "Instead Rahul Gandhi's helicopter was allowed to land at the Police Lines ground with all security."
The NDA sought adequate security for the JD(U) chief during the election campaign in Uttar Pradesh. "The Commission has assured us that it would inquire into the matter," Shrivastwa said.
In a separate meeting with the EC, Congress MP V Narayanaswami complained about delay in permission to Gandhi's road show in Moradabad and Aligarh.
"The delay by district authorities aimed at creating such a situation so that the road show could not succeed," he said.
He also alleged misuse of official machinery by the Samajwadi Party government.