Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath Thursday held a meeting with senior leaders of political parties in Lucknow and received complaints and suggestions to conduct fair elections in Uttar Pradesh.
While the BJP alleged that the state government has transferred officers in the districts to influence the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in favour of the Samajwadi Party candidates, Congress gave specific names of the officers in various districts, accusing them of working in favour of the ruling party.
The BJP also demanded tight security for its PM candidate Narendra Modi and party’s Ghaziabad nominee, former Army chief V K Singh, during the elections. At the meeting, BJP delegation, led by party state president Laxmikant Bajpai, requested the CEC to analyse service records of police officers, up to the rank of circle officers (deputy SP), and take decisions on their stay or transfer from their respective current postings.
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The Congress delegation, on the other hand, led by state vice-president Satyadev Tripathi demanded transfer of Banda SP Arvind Sen by pointing out that he is the son of Mitrasen Yadav who is the Samajwadi Party’s candidate from Faizabad. It also demanded transfer of Sultanpur district magistrate, alleging she favours the ruling party.
Among other transfers that the Congress party sought included that of Rampur DM NKS Chauhan, SP Sadhna Goswami, circle officer Ali Hasan and district minority officer R P Singh on grounds that they all are engaged in a court case with party’s candidate in Rampur, Kazim Ali Khan.
A delegation of the BSP, led by Leader of Opposition in the Assembly, Swami Prasad Maurya, raised the issue of “deteriorating law and order in the state” and urged the Commission to deploy 500 battalions of central police forces during the elections.
Maurya said they have also requested the Commission to keep a close watch on the activities of the BJP and SP candidates in Varanasi and Azamgarh, Narendra Modi and Mulayam Singh Yadav, respectively, alleging that there exists a possibility of incitement of communal tension by these parties.
The BSP delegation raised the issue of providing enough security to polling stations in Dalit-dominated areas.