SP government intimidating officials: BJP

Lucknow, April 29: BJP national spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain on Tuesday accused the Samajwadi Party (SP) led Uttar Pradesh government of intimidating the bureaucracy and threatening the officials to ensure the victory of its candidates in the Lok Sabha election.

An official in the chief minister's office has been ringing up district officials and telling them the state government will last for three more years and they should fall in line, Hussain told reporters at the state party headquarters here.

The officials are being asked to follow the party line and "manage" polls in favour of SP candidates, said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson.

"There are officials who are threatening lower rank and district officials with harassment post-polls," he said.

Hussain said he has urged the Election Commission to take note of such complaints. When asked for the name of such officials, he said the BJP will apprise the poll panel of their names.

He said the SP has realized that it would perform badly in the polls, hence it is now adopting such underhanded tactics.

Hussain also urged the Muslim community to shed apprehensions and misgivings about the BJP and give the party a chance.

The BJP leader said the minorities must realize that they have been exploited as vote banks for long by the so called secular parties like SP, Congress and the Bahujan Samaj Party and must now give a chance to the BJP.


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