SP to intensify protest against EC ban on Azam

"Azam did not utter anything objectionable and had submitted his reply on time, still action was taken against him," Raza, MLA stated.

Written by Mohd Faisal Fareed | Lucknow | Updated: April 25, 2014 3:17:42 am

After terming Election Commission of India’s (ECI) ban on its leader Azam Khan from attending public campaigns and election meetings as one-sided, Samajwadi Party (SP) has decided to take its protest on road.

SP youth workers will torch the effigy of ECI opposite Vidhan Sabha on Friday.

SP workers had Thursday laid siege to Superintendent of Police (SP) office at Rampur for two hours during their protest against EC ban on Azam on Thursday.

At Badaun, SP legislator Abid Raza has given call for a big meeting Friday to protest against the ban on Azam. “The ban is totally unjustified.

Azam did not utter anything objectionable and had submitted his reply on time, still action was taken against him,” Raza, MLA stated.

“EC is acting in a one-sided manner. It has revoked ban on BJP’s Amit Shah while Azam Khan who is a secular leader continues to face the ban,” Atul Yadav, a member of SP’s student wing, said. Several other SP activists from Allahabad University — Sajid Ali, Rahul Patel, Sudhanshu Yadav and Rudra Pratap Singh — have announced their decision to torch the effigy of ECI.

After the EC ban on Azam, the SP’s leadership has been out targeting EC. Mulayam Singh Yadav, CM Akhilesh Yadav and Shivpal Yadav had termed the ban as partisan . Mulayam even said the action taken by EC is an insult to Azam, SP and himself.

Getting the nod from party leaders, two SP youth workers Atul Yadav and Sajid Ali had attempted self immolation bid at Subhash Crossing in Allahabad on April 18.

At Rampur, the protest has turned more aggressive with protest march being taken our every day against EC. On Wednesday, hundreds of SP workers marched and staged a sit-in at SP’s residence. SP workers later submitted a memorandum addressed to President of India in favour of Azam. The protestors mentioned that EC should stop acting as an agent of Congress. BJP’s candidate from Rampur Dr Naipal Singh termed the procession as an attempt to spread lawlessness as section 144 is imposed in the city. He also demanded counting under the supervision of paramilitary forces at Rampur.

At Najibabad, administration registered a case against SP workers after they took out a protest march in Azam’s support violating prohibitory orders.

In its official statement on Thursday, SP’s spokesperson Rajendra Choudhary stated: “EC is ignoring issues related to BJP while it is taking tough decision on SP and overlooking statements of leaders of other parties. The liberty given by EC to some is unconstitutional.”

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