A cop in Uttar Pradesh(UP) is blamed for displaying arms and forcing people in the village to vote in favour of his nephew’s wife during the polls to elect village head on April 27, police said.
A head Cop posted at the Vijay Nagar Police Station was on Saturday suspended for allegedly terrifying and forcing villagers to project their votes for his relative during panchayat races here, officials said.
“A FIR was held up against the cop under applicable segments of law after the matter went to the front,” he said.
UP Zila Panchayat chief polls: Akhilesh Yadav claims BJP utilizing state machinery to get votes in favor of its candidates
Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Friday asserted that the ruling BJP party in Uttar Pradesh is abusing official machinary to threaten panchayat individuals to drive them to decide in favor of its candidates in the upcoming zila panchayat chairperson polls.
He passed on the SP recently and complained to the state police chief, but to no avail.
Polling for the election of zila panchayat chairpersons in Uttar Pradesh will be hung on July 3. Zila panchayat chairpersons are elected from among the members of zila panchayats of different areas, there are 75 districts in the state.
Is BJP misusing the leadership?
A statement given by the SP here quoted Yadav as saying, “The BJP is upset over its defeat in the panchayat elections. Not having the numbers, the distraught BJP leadership is misusing the government machinery to ensure that their party nominees win the posts of zila panchayat chairpersons.”
“This is a gross misuse of power and democracy is in danger due to these repressive policies,” he said.
In the UP panchayat elections held in April, the BJP won only eight out of the 40 zila panchayat seats in Ayodhya while the SP guaranteed candidates it backed won 22 seats.
The outcome was especially terrible for the BJP in the Sohawal sub-district with the party drawing a blank.
The SP professed to have won three of the four zila panchayat seats there, leaving one for an independent candidate.
Yadav asserted that in Auraiya, Mainpuri, Firozabad, Etah, Hapur, Siddharthnagar, Rampur, Gorakhpur and Farrukhabad, etc. the BJP is transparently victimising the elected zila panchayat members of the SP and those supported by it.
Families were dragged and harassed for polls
He guaranteed the relatives of panchayat individuals are also being harassed in different ways using the government machinery. An SP delegation had complained to the director general of police, however, to end.
Yadav cautioned the BJP that it will have to face “massive public outrage” if it tries to get its people elected as zila panchayat chairpersons by misusing police, administration and the power of money.
In another release, SP spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary said that the party has suspended former zila panchayat chairman of Baghpat Omkar Yadav and former district unit president Kiran Pal alias Billu for six years for indulging in anti-party activities.