Uttar Pradesh Congress announced candidates for election to vacant Legislative Council seats from Graduate and Teachers Graduate Constituencies on Friday.
As per in-charge of UPCC administration Siddharth Priya Srivastava, Rajesh Dwivedi will be the party candidate from Agra, Jitendra Kumar Gaur from Meerut, Ajay Kumar Singh from Allahabad and Brijesh Kumar Singh from Lucknow while for Graduate constituencies, the candidates will be Nagendra Nath Tripathi from Gorakhpur-Faizabad and Dr Mehndi Hassan from Bareilly-Moradabad.,
Meanwhile, Srivastava hit out at the BJP government for their leaders involvement in sensational crimes or their kin taking law into their hand.
“Uttar Pradesh has been pushed into ‘jungle raj’ by the Yogi’s government. Now his party legislators or their close kin are indulging in sensational crimes and taking law in their hands,” Srivastava asserted while referring to cases registered with Bhadohi, Ballia and Bulandshahr police during the last 48 hours.
Srivastava said people have not forgotten how BJP MLA Kuldeen Sengar raped a minor girl and got the father of the victim killed, another former BJP minister Swami Chinmayanand was involved in sexual exploitation of a LLM student and there were several others instances were BJP members exploited their status and committed crime with impunity.
Only on Thursday, two cases were registered against BJP MLA’s sons in Bulandshahr and Ballia. He claimed that in Bulandshahr, the BJP MLA’s son was booked for opening fire during a wedding ceremony despite a ban on the practice. An FIR was lodged against BJP’s Khurja MLA Vijendra Singh Khatik’s son Vikas Khatik after a video of Vikas firing multiple shots from a gun surfaced on social media on Thursday.
Similarly in Ballia, BJP MLA from Bairia, Surendra Singh’s son was accused for manhandling a Dalit Revenue department official. The official, Radheyshyam Ram, registered a case against Hazari Singh and 10 others for manhandling and abusing him on Wednesday. All accused were booked under relevant sections of the IPC and Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
Srivastava said that despite the offences being non-bailable, the police did not arrest the MLA’s son for his contacts.
The Congress leader claimed that likewise in Bhadohi, local BJP MLA Ravindra Nath Tripathi and six others, including his three sons, were accused of raping a woman repeatedly for a month in 2017.
“In this case too, the local police instead of registering a case gave a free hand to the accused to terrorise the victim and get the case withdrawn. It was only after the media highlighted the issue that the police provided security to the victim but no action was taken against the accused so far,” Sriavstava said.