BJP urges CEC to remove Uttar Pradesh CS and DGP in view of polls
Lucknow: Alleging partisan conduct of Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar and Director General of Police (DGP) Javeed Ahmad, the BJP on Wednesday reiterated its demand before the Chief Election Commissioner Naseem Zaidi to transfer these officials immediately in order to ensure free and fair assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.
A Bharatiya Janata Party delegation led by senior party leader Bhupendra Yadav which met the CEC here ,who is on the tour of UP, also asked the latter to shift several DMs and District police chiefs of the state as according to it, they have been working in the favour of the ruling dispensation in the state.
According to a BJP spokesman, the delegation raised doubts over the fairness of polling in Muzaffarnagar, Shamli and Kairana beside pointing out the series of criminal incidents in the state capital of Lucknow. It may be recalled that the BJP had been making this demand in the past also and two party delegations led by senior Central ministers Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and M Venkaiah Naidu had met the commission in this regard.
The CEC also met delegations of different political parties and took stock of the poll preparedness with the state electoral officials.
Meanwhile, the Ajit Singh-led Rashtriya Lok Dal also demanded removal of SP-minded officials from the key positions. "We have asked for the deployment of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) during seven phase polls in Uttar Pradesh," the RLD leader Anil Dubey said.