Uttar Pradesh parties demand action against BSP MP

March 9th, 2009 - 7:27 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, March 9 (IANS) The Congress party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Samajwadi Party (SP) have come together to demand action against Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) parliamentarian Tahir Khan whose supporters flaunted firearms at an election procession.
While the district authorities have registered a case against three supporters of Khan for publicly displaying firearms, the three political parties are demanding stern action against Khan. They claim the display of firearms in last Wednesday’s poll procession, that Khan led, amounted to violation of the model code of conduct.

Following the Congress party, the BJP and the Samajwadi Party have now also urged the Election Commission to initiate action against the MP.

“Tahir is the main culprit. He was the one who led his supporters who flaunted firearms during the procession in Sultanpur,” Samajwadi Party spokesperson for Uttar Pradesh Rajendra Chaudhary told IANS.

“We have today (Monday) sent a letter to the Election Commission and the state election commissioner to take strict action against Tahir,” Chaudhary added.

Echoing similar sentiments state spokesperson of BJP H.N. Dixit said: “The incident has once again highlighted that Mayawati’s BSP government is providing patronage to anti-social elements.”

“By blatant display of firearms, the MP tried to create fear among the public. Taking such a incident into account, we cannot expect free and fair elections in the state in the regime of Mayawati,” Dixit added.

Spokesperson of the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) Akhilesh Pratap Singh said: “The district administration’s inaction to book the parliamentarian exposes the tall claims of district authorities to conduct the polls in a free and fair manner.”

The parties have also asked the Election Commission to screen the records of Khan and alleged that he was facing charges of rape and human trafficking.

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