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Arms license an election issue in UP

Kaushambi, Fri, 06 Jan 2012 ANI

Kaushambi/Allahabad, Jan 6 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Social Welfare Minister Indrajeet Saroj has allegedly promised voters with arms license in exchange for support to the ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in the upcoming state assembly polls.


Addressing a public rally in Uttar Pradesh's Kaushambi District on Thursday, Saroj assured the voters that his ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) would continue to distribute arms licenses if they remained in power.


"We have never discriminated on a large scale. We gave arms licenses to anyone who asked despite belonging to any group or community. This thing is still there that many licenses are still to be given on a large scale," said Saroj.


The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) later lashed out at the tactics adopted by the BSP to gain the voters support ahead of the polls.


"The BJP has said this thing from the very beginning that the BSP came into power after making false promises to the people. And today also their Ministers and BSP leaders are talking in the same manner. After making attractive promises about giving arms license to the voters, this thing comes under the corrupt practices and otherwise," BJP leader Kesari Nath Tripathi told the media in Uttar Pradesh's Allahabad city.


"It is not correct to say that if you will support us then we will give you an arms license. I think, this is incorrect in terms of morality as well as in the eyes of the law," he added.


Despite Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati's ongoing 'Operation Clean' following which around 25 leaders have been sacked from her party, the BSP chief faces a tough challenge ahead for the Congress, BJP and the Samajwadi Party (SP) are leaving no stones unturned in establishing a firm base ahead of the polls.


Uttar Pradesh is politically important, as it sends a large number of lawmakers to the Parliament in New Delhi.


Voting in Uttar Pradesh will be held in seven phases starting February 4 and finishing on February 28.


Four other states, including Punjab, will hold elections between January 28 and March 3.


The results of the election would be declared on March 4. (ANI)


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