BJP using IPS officers to garner votes: Azad

BJP using IPS officers to garner votes: Azad

He said such a tendency to “manipulate and subvert the democratic process is illegitimate, undemocratic and unethical.”

The BJP is adopting “unethical and undemocratic methods for coaxing, cajoling and coercing” J&K legislators to seek their votes for the Rajya Sabha elections, the Congress leader GhulamNabi Azad said Friday.

He said such a tendency to “manipulate and subvert the democratic process is illegitimate, undemocratic and unethical.”

“The way MLAs are being chased by the leaders of so-called party with a difference has exposed its democratic credentials. The way a section of top officials of the State, especially senior IPS officers are being used to garner support for BJP candidates in the forthcoming RajyaSabha elections is unprecedented and dangerous for the normal functioning of the democratic process in the State,” Azad said in a statement. “I know the officers who are 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 said he is confident that concerned authorities will “take due note to maintain credibility and sanctity of the democratic exercise.”

“Such brazen misuse of official machinery deserves denunciation as this will have serious ramification for the smooth and normal functioning of our democratic system as also the reputation of our country as a vibrant nation. In its unending lust for power, BJP must not be oblivious of the damage that such unethical and uncalled means can cause to the social- political fabric of the State and widespread belief and standing of our country as a strong democracy,” he said.

He said BJP does not know what it took to restore the confidence of the people of State in the political process. “The motivated and malicious rumor campaign unleashed by the BJP to mislead the people as well as MLAs supporting me in a section of media will not fetch them any dividends as all the members are fully determined and committed to defeat the communal agenda of the BJP,” Azad said, appealing all the individual MLAs supporting him as well as of National Conference and Congress “not to get misled by the machinations of the BJP.”

He said the “vain attempts of the BJP to indulge in horse trading by using official machinery and other sources has scripted another mean-spirited and stingy chapter in the political history of the State.”

 “While the real colors of the BJP are slowly getting exposed before the people, however, the use of divisive, unethical and dubious practices for the sake of winning elections will make a long lasting damage to our democratic institutions and electoral systems,” he said. “The BJP leadership should not down the edifice of democratic system for the sake of gaining power.”