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Moradabad, Mar 19 (PTI) Much as the Samajwadi Party Moradabad, Mar 19 (PTI) Much as the Samajwadi Partyleadership is trying to project a clean image, its ministersand workers are letting it down with the supporters of newlysworn in minister Mehboob Ali's allegedly brandishing weaponsin his victory procession here last night. Ali when contacted, however, washed his hands off theincident saying that those indulging in such an act were nothis supporters. "They were sent by my adversaries who do not want to seeme in this post...I had apprised my supporters that firearmswould not be allowed in the procession and so they did notbring them", he asserted. Ali also said that he has asked the administration to takeaction against those involved in such an act. The supporters of the SP MLA from Amroha, who has 15criminal cases against him, were seen displaying guns andrevolvers in his victory procession as their triumphant leaderreturned to his constituency after being administered oath asminister. On his return from Lucknow where he was allocatedsericulture and Textiles department, Ali's supportersaccompanying him from the Moradabad railway station till hishome town Amroha where the processions culminated, thesupporters brandished the weapons and also indulged incelebratory firing at several places. District magistrate Abhay and Superintendent of policeUday Pratap Singh said that the administration has taken noteof the incident and they were preparing a report on it. Meanwhile, the SP president at a press conference inLucknow had said that strict action could be initiated againstministers if any celebratory firing takes place in theirwelcome. "The ministers involved in such an act creatinginconvenience to the people will not be tolerated. We willtake strict action against those ministers and they can evenbe removed (from the Ministry)", he warned. PTI CORR SAB

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