BJP Meets CEC for Removal of Top UP Officials

BJP Meets CEC for Removal of Top UP Officials
Demanding removal of three top officials of Mayawati-led Uttar Pradesh government, a delegation of state BJP leaders today met Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi here.

The party delegation, led by Shyam Nandan Singh, met Quraishi and election commissioners HS Brahma and VS Sampath and demanded "immediate removal" of cabinet secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh, principal secretary, Home, Kunwar Fateh Bahadur and director general of police Brijlal.

The BJP feels free and fair polls in the politically crucial state of UP are not possible till the top bureaucrats are removed from key posts, they alleged in complaint.

The leaders alleged that these officers were affecting polls, and free and fair polls were not possible without their removal.

An EC team, led by Quraishi, is on a two-day visit from today here to review the preparations for Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls.

The party also handed over an 18-point memorandum to the EC in which it was alleged that government machinery is being misused by the ruling BSP.

They also pointed out that hoardings of Chief Minister was not removed and the officers were working in favour of BSP.

Meanwhile, joining the chorus, Samajwadi Party also demanded removal of the three officers alleging that they could affect elections.

"These officers are working as spokesman of BSP. They should be immediately removed for free and fair polls," party spokesman Rajendra Chowdhury said.

The SP also demanded that adequate number of central forces should be deployed in the state.

Besides three, SP also demanded removal of some other officers alleging that they were close to BSP.
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