Ghaziabad: A livid Congress candidate Raj Babbar today lashed out at cops for videoraphing him during his campaign in Vijay Nagar area of Ghaziabad here.

Actor-turned-politician Babbar, the congress candidate for Ghaziabad Lok Sabha constituency, lost his cool when he was addressing a gathering in a house located in Vijay Nagar area.

When Babbar was speaking to local residents, he noticed some policemen, including a sub-inspector, videographing him which made him angry.

“Jo aparad karne wale hain, unko to rokenge nahi.. sharam nahi aati hai inko.. aye din Ghaziabad ka naam badnam ho raha..Topi aur wardi pahane ke ghum rahen hain ye log (They (policemen) don’t nab those involved in crime…They should be ashamed of themselves. The image of Ghaziabad is deteriorating day by day, despite this they wear the uniform,” Babbar said.

Babbar said that he was not a criminal that policemen should videograph him during campaigning.

“Can I not appeal for votes in a house?, Am I a thief or criminal? And is any case against me? So, why have they come to videograph me?” he asked.

Meanwhine, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) of Ghaziabad Dharmendra Singh said that an investigation into this matter has been ordered.

“We have seen video of the whole event. We have ordered a probe into this matter. If Raj Babbar is found guilty, strict action would be taken against him,” SSP told PTI.

Yesterday, an FIR was also lodged against BSP candidate from Ghaziabad Mukul Upadhyay for using loudspeakers at a meeting in Nasirpur in violation of the Model Code of Conduct.
Jaswant case: Amit Shah justifies decision to deny ticket     New Delhi, Mar 24 (PTI) The denial of ticket by BJP to Jaswant Singh was today justified by Narendra Modi’s close aide Amit Shah who said all decisions have been taken after careful thought and consideration.

“Every decision has its pluses and minuses. All decisions have been taken after careful thought and consideration,” Shah, BJP general secretary, told reporters here.

He was responding when asked about denial of ticket to Singh from Barmer in Rajasthan because of which he decided to contest as an independent.

Singh, former External Affairs Minister, today targeted the party leadership, particularly BJP chief Rajnath Singh over denial of ticket to him.

Considered a key strategist for the Lok Sabha polls, Shah was unfazed by Singh’s decision to contest as an independent or quitting the party, saying, “I am sure we are going to form the government in 2014.”

He downplayed the show of dissidence by party leaders and workers in several constituencies over the distribution of tickets, saying when the possibility of victory rises, then naturally more people desire to contest polls.

Shah, who is in-charge of party’s affairs in Uttar Pradesh, also downplayed the controversy over tweets of BJP president Rajnath Singh. He first wrote ‘abki bar bhajapa sarkar’ (this time BJP government), changing the tagline from the party’s slogan of ‘abki bar Modi sarkar’, but reverted to it after a controversy.

“The confusion is in your mind. There is no confusion in the party. Both slogans mean the same thing,” he said.

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