UP elections: Parties bombard ECI with complaints

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Lucknow, Feb 9: Officers of the Election Commission of India were bombarded with questions during their visit to Uttar Pradesh. The Samajwadi Party, BJP, BSP all had questions and complains. The BJP sought to know why no assurance was being given by the EC for the protection of Hindus who migrated from Kairana, Meerut and Muzzafarnagar.

SP, on the other hand, complained about the BJP and BSP for raking up communal feelings during the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. The BJP also complained that the state police chief Javed Ahmed had been delaying permission for their campaign.

Parties bombard ECI with complaints

BJP alleged that Ahmed being close to the SP, had intentionally delayed permission for their candidates to campaign during the UP elections. They also sought his removal from the post till the polls were completed.

The BJP also said that the SP had given tickets to candidates with a criminal background. There are candidates who are even contesting from behind bars, the BJP also complained. The Congress urged the ECI to implement a single window system to give permission for campaigning. The Rashtriya Lok Dal urged the ECI to allow polling agents to present in the booths on election day to avoid impersonation.

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