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Attack on convoy of Congress MLA from Rae Bareli

Aditi Singh was injured when her vehicle overturned in Harchandpur area. She alleged that local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders and Awadhesh Singh were behind the attack.

lok sabha elections Updated: May 17, 2019 19:19 IST
HT Correspondents
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Aditi Singh claimed the attack was pre-planned by Awadhesh Singh the brother of BJP’s Lok Sabha candidate Dinesh Pratap Singh who is pitted against UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.(Dheeraj Dhawan/Hindustan Times)

A tussle over the Rae Bareli zila panchayat chairman’s post took an ugly turn on Tuesday when Congress MLA Aditi Singh’s convoy was attacked twice on its way to the district panchayat office where voting was scheduled on a no-confidence motion against panchayat head, Awadhesh Singh.

Narrating the sequence of events, the Congress MLA from Rae Bareli claimed that about 15 masked assailants in two-three SUVs attacked the convoy twice at Harchandpur and Baccharawa toll plaza while it was heading from Lucknow to Rae Bareli between 9.40 am and 10 am.

Aditi Singh was injured when her vehicle overturned in Harchandpur area. She alleged that local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders and Awadhesh Singh were behind the attack.

Also read: Local BJP leader killed in Rae Bareli

Aditi Singh claimed the attack was pre-planned to kidnap zila panchayat members accompanying her and defer the no-confidence motion against Awadhesh Singh, the brother of BJP’s Lok Sabha candidate Dinesh Pratap Singh who is pitted against UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

The floor test was deferred because the MLA, who received minor injuries, and zila panchayat members failed to reach the district panchayat office.

Inspector general of police, law and order, Praveen Kumar said an FIR had been registered against Dinesh Pratap Singh, Awadesh Singh and unidentified assailants at Harchandpur police station.

Dinesh Pratap Singh, however, refuted allegations that the BJP was behind the attack at a press conference in Rae Bareli.

Thirty-one of 52 zila panchayat members, brought the no-confidence motion against Awadhesh Singh last month.

First Published: May 14, 2019 23:26 IST

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