Choppers land Rahul, NDA in row
The NDA delegation, which consisted of JD (U)'s Shambhu Shrivastwa and BJP’s Prakash Javadekar, told the CEC and two other ECs that "this kind of discriminatory attitude is beyond comprehension."Updated: Apr 17, 2007, 23:36 IST
A NDA delegation complained to the Election Commission that UP authorities allowed Congress MP Rahul Gandhi to land at Badaun for campaigning but denied permission to the helicopter carrying JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav to do so at the same spot. The Congress too complained to the EC about delay in permission to Rahul Gandhi's road show in Moradabad and Aligarh.
The NDA delegation, which consisted of JD (U)'s Shambhu Shrivastwa and BJP’s Prakash Javadekar, told the Chief Election Commissioner and two other ECs that "this kind of discriminatory attitude is beyond comprehension."
Yadav was given permission to land at the Police Lines grounds at Badaun on April 14 but later his helicopter was not allowed to touch down at the spot. It had to land at a different location where there were no security arrangements.
"Instead Rahul Gandhi's helicopter was allowed to land at the Police Lines ground with all security," the NDA leaders said, .
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 said "the delay by district authorities aimed at creating such a situation so that the road show could not succeed," he said, adding that the Samajwadi Party government had misused official machinery. The Congress was not allowed to put flags at some places.