UP Election 2017: Ensure free and fair election in state, Venkaiah-led BJP delegation urges EC

Fearing political interference in the smooth conduct of the forthcoming Uttar Pradesh polls, a delegation of BJP leaders led by Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu visited the Election Commission on Monday seeking the election body's help to ensure a free and fair election.

Naidu was accompanied by fellow cabinet colleagues, Union Commerce and Industries minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Union minorities affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Naidu said that the BJP wanted a free and fair election in Uttar Pradesh, but feared the intervention of the ruling Samajwadi Party in the process. Highlighting the misuse of DMs (District Magisterates) by politicians, Naidu urged that the DMs, who have been serving for over two years, be shifted to ensure smooth elections in the poltiically crutial state. The party submitted a complaint to the Election Commission against the Chief Secretary and Additional Director General of UP Police over violation of poll code. Naidu also said that the party also demanded the removal of the DGP of Uttar Pradesh Police.

The delegation also feared for the prevailing environment in the communally charged constituencies in western UP that go to polls in the first phase of polls on 11 February.

Expressing confidence of a BJP victory in the 403-seat Vidhan Sabha, the Rajya Sabha MP went on to take a dig at the Samajwadi Party for its alliance with the Congress. Naidu said that the Samajwadi Party knows that there is an environment of lawlessness, nepotism, goonda raj in the state and that it has failed to fulfill its promises despite winning a majority on its own.

Echoing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's statement at his Aligarh rally on Sunday, where he had said that the Congress and SP came together fearing the rise of BJP , Naidu added that the SP joined hands with the Congress as they have lost confidence of the electorate.

They (Samajwadi Party) snatched the cycle frm Mulayam Singh & gave it to the Congress, Naidu told reporters.

Uttar Pradesh is all set to witness a seven-phase election, starting on 11 February. The counting for all seats in the state will take place on 11 March.

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Updated Date: Feb 06, 2017 14:57:51 IST

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