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SP unleashing terror: BSP tells SEC

Fearing that the Samajwadi Party would manipulate the zila panchayat election in its favour, Bahujan Samaj Party state president Barkhu Ram Verma and national general secretary Babu Singh Kushwaha visited the State Election Commission and urged Election Commissioner (SEC) Aparmita Prasad Singh to take firm action against ?trouble-makers?.

india Updated: Jan 07, 2006 01:50 IST

Fearing that the Samajwadi Party would manipulate the zila panchayat election in its favour, Bahujan Samaj Party state president Barkhu Ram Verma and national general secretary Babu Singh Kushwaha visited the State Election Commission and urged Election Commissioner (SEC) Aparmita Prasad Singh to take firm action against “trouble-makers”.

They also urged the SEC to ensure free and fair poll. “Samajwadi Party leaders are kidnapping, terrorising and even alluring our zila panchayat members,” both the leaders said.

They said that the as Bahujan Samaj Party leaders were afraid and running for cover. “Houses of BSP zila panchayat members and their family members were raided at midnight. Money is being offered to them and many have been kidnapped at gun point for refusing the bait,” they alleged.

According to report, in Agra an abortive attempt was made to kidnap around one dozen BSP members when they were on their way to the District Collectorate to collect identity cards. When the BSP members resisted, the goons fired in the air and damaged their vehicles.

Verma and Kushwaha apprised Singh about the Agra incident. Singh immediately spoke to Agra district magistrate. He said after receiving report of the election observer he would decide whether to hold poll or countermand it.

Singh assured BSP leaders that the SEC would ensure that each zila panchayat members got to cast his vote. “I have already directed returning officers to take required measures for free and fair poll,” Singh said.

Kushwaha told Singh that report of terrorising and kidnapping have been reported by their workers from over four dozen districts including Lalitpur, Banda, Allahabad, Hamirpur, Jaunpur, Kanpur Nagar, Kanpur Dehat, Ghazipur, Basti, Agra, Auraiya, Kannauj, Jalaun, Ambedkar Nagar etc.

“But where are the FIRs?” Singh shot back. “BSP leaders and workers from various districts have also informed the SEC about terror tactics being adopted by rival candidates. If FIRs were lodged then only can we initiate action,” he said.

Verma told Singh that the police have refused to lodge complaints of BSP leaders. “SEC can only help your members by ensuring that they cast their vote without any hitch,” Singh said.

First Published: Jan 07, 2006 01:50 IST