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SP to contest Gwalior by-poll

THE SAMAJWADI Party (SP) has decided to contest the by-election to the Gwalior Lok Sabha seat.

india Updated: Feb 17, 2007 10:26 IST

THE SAMAJWADI Party (SP) has decided to contest the by-election to the Gwalior Lok Sabha seat.

Talking to media persons, SP national secretary and MLA Dr Sunilam said that his party would expose both UPA government at the Centre and the BJP government in MP and bring into focus difference between their promises and actions.

He said that the BJP leaders and ministers in the State had crossed all limits of corruption and had left behind the previous Congress government on this count.

Dr Sunilam said that rising prices and inflation had become unbearable and broken the back of common man. The UPA government had failed in curbing inflation. He also criticised the State Government for ‘removing’ names of 10 lakh poor people from BPL (below poverty line) list and thus denying them ration.

Dr Sunilam said that both Central and State governments were acting against the interests of farmers and pursuing pro-capitalist policies. He said while lakhs of people were landless, the State and Central governments both were gifting away land to industrialists.

Dr Sunilam said his party would raise issues of communalism, State Government’s ‘protection’ to VHP, Bajrang Dal and ‘killers’ of Prof Sabharwal and sub-inspector Chetna Sharma, and low price for sugarcane during the coming session of State assembly.

Preparations on for polls
THE PROCESS of forming polling parties for the March 8 parliamentary by-election has reached final stages. All persons selected for conducting by-election will get training in two phases.

According to the election office sources, the first phase of training will be held on February 22 and 23, while the second phase will be held on March 1 and 2.

At least one Central employee will be included in every polling party in accordance with Election Commission directives.

The Collector and District Magistrate has issued directives to the political parties under Section 144 to inform concerning police stations and take permission from there for organising rallies and processions. No political party and candidate will be allowed to burn the effigy of opposition candidate.

Dave overall in charge
STATE BJP president Narendra Singh Tomar nominated vice-president Anil Dave overall in charge of by-elections for Gwalior, Sidhi and Udaipura seats.

Senior party leader Kailash Chawla has been nominated in charge of the Gwalior Lok Sabha seat, Nand Kumar Singh of Sidhi Lok Sabha seat and Bupnendra Singh of Udaipura assembly election.

Bijendra Singh Sisodia will supervise deployment of senior party workers from each division to the constituencies. To this end, an election control room has been set up in the State BJP headquarters.