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BJP barbs at poll lapses

Jamshedpur, April 24: The district BJP today blamed the administration for security lapses during polling in the Jamshedpur parliamentary constituency on Thursday.

Addressing a news meet at a city hotel this evening, BJP district president Chandrasekhar Mishra called for strict action against JMM leader Babbar Khan for allegedly creating disturbance during the voting process at booth No. 236 in Mango.

“It is disappointing that the administration failed to take action against Khan who tried to register bogus votes for his party on the day of polling. Then he went on to threaten and hit a presiding officer,” Mishra said.

He complained of mismanagement at poll booths and blamed the administration for the lack of security that led to the incident.

District’s BJP members reiterated Mishra’s claim and called for stricter action against Khan, who was arrested today. “The process to lodge FIR against Khan should also be transparent. Initial report suggest that the police is gearing up to book Khan for attempting to obstruct the election process, even as we have seen that he actually disrupted the polling at booth 236, added another BJP official.

Mishra went on to demand the release of BJP cadre who were arrested while apparently trying to prevent booth capturing and false voting.

“A few administrative officials stopped vehicles on Baridih main road. When some of our cadre tried to protest, they were taken into police custody. This despite the fact that the administrative staff were creating nuisance for the voters,” said Mishra. He also maintained that BJP activists, taken into custody at Birsanagar and Sitaramdera, were also innocent.

“It is the administration that should have been more careful. They should have ensured stricter security measures in urban areas. And our activists who were only trying to help should be released at the earliest,” said Mishra.

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