New Delhi: Congress has approached the
Election Commission seeking action against the Uttar Pradesh
administration over "deliberate" security lapses in public
meetings and rallies of Rahul Gandhi in the poll-bound state.
In a written complaint to Chief Election Commissioner,
the party has mentioned specific instances to draw the EC`s
attention over what it has called "serious and deliberate"
security lapses during the rallies addressed by the AICC
general secretary in Uttar Pradesh, party sources said.
Naming organisations like Ramdev Samarthak Manch,
Matadata Jagaran Manch and Swabhiman Manch, the party claimed
that volunteers of these organisations caused security
breaches in Gandhi`s programmes on January 19 at Baberu in
Banda district, Orai in Jalaun district on January 18 and at
Lalitpur on January 17, respectively.
Sources said the party has noted with concern that in all
these programmes the volunteers of these organisations
occupied the front row with large banners "too conspicuous to
have gone unnoticed" by the local police and administration.
Maintaining that this was done with an intention to
disturb the campaign activity and that these groups followed
the same modus operandi of shouting slogans to create chaos
at the three venues, the party said, "this could not have
taken place without the connivance or at the very least, the
support of local administration."
In the complaint, the Congress has urged the EC to take
"immediate cognisance of the matter" and take actions against
the groups concerned.
In the complaint, the AICC said, "We also urge the
Election Commission to take strict action against the local
administration for the complete failure of the administrative
machinery to prevent these happenings."
Talking to PTI, Secretary of the Legal and Human Rights
Department of the AICC, KC Mittal said, "recurrence of such
incidents in the meetings addressed by Gandhi, a SPG
protectee, points to the failure on the part of the state
machinery. It is a serious lapse and violation."
Mittal said that if the party is able to identify the
individuals responsible for these incidents, it will ask the
EC to issue instructions to the UP government to ensure that
action is taken against these elements as per law.