BJP hits out at Azad for allegation of misuse IPS officers in RS polls
Srinagar: In a sharp attack on senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, BJP Sunday lashed out at him for alleging that party misused IPS officers to garner votes during the recent Rajya Sabha polls in Jammu and Kashmir.“Had the BJP misused official machinery, Azad would not have won the Rajya Sabha polls. Azad has tried to malign the image of the IPS officers by alleging that they were intimidating legislators to vote for BJP candidates,” said BJP spokesman Khalid Jehangir in a statement.
“BJP wants to tell Azad that our party doesn’t believe in corruption and unfair means. BJP ensured free and fair Assembly elections in the state and also made sure that Rajya Sabha polls are held in a transparent manner,” the spokesman said.
However, Congress spokesman Salman Soz said the BJP was known as the party that would stop at nothing to gain power.
“They needed RS seat desperately and they tried all means to defeat Azad. But they failed and it is good for democracy,” Soz added.
Earlier, Azad had alleged a section of top officers of the state, especially senior IPS officers, were used to garner support for BJP candidates.
“I know the officers who were chasing the MLAs to seek support for the BJP and their names will be forwarded to the Election Commission of India and the governor,” Azad had said.
On Saturday, National Conference-Congress joint candidate Azad got re-elected to the Rajya Sabha by defeating BJP candidate Chander Mohan Sharma by two votes.
The other three candidates who entered the Rajya Sabha from the state were PDP’s Mir Mohammad Fayaz and Nazir Ahmed Laway and BJP’s Shamsher Singh Manhas.