Lucknow: BSP on Thursday informed the Election
Commission about the step taken against one of its candidates
who was caught "red handed" during a sting operation by a
television channel and called on other parties to follow suit
in the smooth conduct of polls.
In a letter, the in-charge of state office of BSP told the
Commission that "acting swiftly, the party changed its
candidate from Gangoh seat, Nahid Munawwar Hasan, who was
caught red handed on camera during a sting operation".
Other political parties whose candidates have also been
found guilty in the sting operation should take similar
action, BSP sources said.
All political parties should desist from giving protection
to those who try to harm the sanctity of the electoral process
through their wrong deeds," they said, adding that BSP is a
disciplined party and in the past also it has taken action
against office bearers, ministers and MLAs found involved in
Parties need to follow the guidelines set by EC for the
smooth and fair conduct of elections, they said.
Last month, a TV channel had carried out a sting operation
in which 11 aspiring poll candidates in the state were
allegedly found trying to obtain "bribe" from corporates.
The Commission had taken a note and had asked the CEO of
Uttar Pradesh to ask its Returning Officers (ROs) in
Ghaziabad, Prabudha Nagar, Bijnor, Pilibhit, Moradabad,
Saharanpur and JP Nagar districts to register "complaints"
against the 11.