In several districts across the state supporters of ruling BJP and Samajwadi Party clashed with each other. Bullets were fired and bombs hurled at many places. The opposition’s parties blamed that after merging victorious in the District Panchayat Chief elections despite not having numbers not with them, the ruling BJP is trying to do the same in this elections also. In many blocks the candidates belonging to BJP were elected unopposed. At many places, the prominent leaders for opposition including former assembly speaker and ministers had to face the wrath of BJP workers who were preventing opponents to even file the nominations.
In Kasmanda block of Sitapur districts several round of bullets were fired and bombs hurled on the nomination procession of an independent woman candidate Munni Devi. In Kannuj, a TV journalist was severely beaten while he was covering the ruckus inside the nomination centre. The BJP supporters assaulted the journalist named Nitya Misra in the presence of police force. In another incident former assembly speaker, the BJP workers manhandled Mata Prasad Pandey while he was accompanying his wife during the nomination in Siddharthnagar district. In Ambedkarnagar former BSP minister, Lalji Verma too met with the similar incident.
However, at many places the SP workers too assaulted BJP nomination processions. In Mainpuri SP workers pelted stone at the convoy of BJP legislator while in Maharajganj the block chief candidate of ruling party was chased from the nomination centre.
The additional director general (ADG) Law and Order in UP, Prashant Kumar said that reports of violence has been received from a dozen districts including Mainpuri, Sitapur, Kannauj and Siddharthnagar. He said that strict action would be taken against those found guilty. He said that elaborate security arrangements have been made in the entire state to conduct free and fair elections. The polling for the post of chiefs in 835 blocks of UP will be held on Saturday.
Meanwhile a delegation of Samajwadi Party leaders led by state president Naresh Uttam met with the state election commissioner (SEC) on Thursday. The delegation submitted a memorandum to the SEC in which it demanding action against the officials who deliberately stopped SP candidates from filing nominations.