BJP lodges protest against use of ''official machinery'' in J

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Jammu, Nov 6 (UNI) The BJP state unit today lodged a protest with Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra alleging that ''official machinery'' is being used by some political parties in the coming Assembly elections.

''Despite implementation of code of conduct, some of the mainstream political parties are using ''official machinery'' for election purposes,'' alleged BJP state president Ashok Khajuria along with senior BJP leaders Prof Chaman Lal Gupta and Prof Nrimal Singh at a joint press conference here.

The BJP president, however, maintained that the state administration has adopted a soft policy against mainstream political parties and allowing them to use its ''machinery'' for the political developments in the forthcoming elections.

''The state Governor should look into the matter for free and fair conduct of polls as some of the local officers are deliberately being held posted at certain places in Akhnoor, Chhamb, Gandhinagar, Jammu East and West constituencies to make maximum use of their availability for the candidates fielded in these constituencies,'' alleged Mr Khajuria.

Meanwhile, party candidate from Jammu West Prof Chaman Lal Gupta said the aim of the BJP will be to form a nationalist government in the state and all comprehensive efforts are being made for that.

''Party's ideology pursues an agenda of united Jammu and Kashmir and we will be making all efforts to form a nationalist government,'' added Prof Gupta.

However, Prof Nirmal Singh while advocating party senior leaders said, ''The party high command has decided to extend mandate to the people having winning credibility.'' UNI VBH BDP DS1518

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