Parties in UP field 5 Muzaffarnagar riots accused in Lok Sabha elections
Muzaffarnagar: The political parties in Uttar Pradesh (UP) have fielded at least five candidates, who are accused in Muzaffarnagar riots cases, to contest Lok Sabha elections.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has nominated Bhartendu Singh from Bijnore, Sanjeev Baliyan from Muzaffarnagar and Hukum Singh from Kairana constituency.
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MLA Kadir Rana from Muzaffarnagar, BKU leader and RLD candidate Choudhary Rakesh Tikait from Amroha Lok Sabha seat are facing charges of inciting communal tension here by making inflammatory speeches.
Besides, four candidates from Kairana constituency and three candidates from Muzaffarnagar have different cases relating various offenses registered against them, Election Commission officials said.
According to affidavits filed during the nominations, Hukum Singh has two cases, Kunwar Hasan one case, Samajwadi Party (SP) candidate Nahid Hasan and RLD candidate Kartar Singh Bhadana have two cases each registered against them.
Kadir Rana has been booked under five different cases, including the Muzaffarnagar riots cases. Two cases are registered against Sanjeev Baliyan and SP candidate Virender Singh.
The communal violence, which had broken out on 7 September last year in Muzaffarnagar and adjoining towns, had claimed over 40 lives. It left 85 others injured and rendered 51,000 people homeless.