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BJP lawmaker accuses SP MLAs of not allowing to vote in RS polls

Lucknow : The Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Sabha witnessed uproar over voting for 11 Rajya Sabha seats on Saturday, as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) dubbed Samajwadi Party (SP) legislators as “acting like goons”.

Krishna Paswan, BJP legislator from Khaga assembly constituency accused the SP MLAs of not letting her vote to in the House.

“The SP MLAs are acting like goons. Openly, they are involved in hooliganism. They are not letting us cast our votes. They held my hand to refrain me from voting,” Paswan told ANI.

“When we went to the Central Secretariat, they told me that they would cast my vote, to which I opposed,” she said adding, “Why should they (SP MLAs) cast my vote, when I can on my own.”

They even asked the employees to cover the box with their hands. I was stopped with all the vigour,” she added.

However, terming the allegations levelled by BJP MLAs as baseless, SP leader Gayatri Prasad Prajapati said: “Nobody stopped them ( BJP legislators), voting is peacefully going on.”

“The people who have said these things are wrong,” he added.

Meanwhile, seven states are undergoing polls today to elect 27 Rajya Sabha members.

These include 11 seats from Uttar Pradesh, four each from Karnataka and Rajasthan, three from Madhya Pradesh, two each from Haryana and Jharkhand and one from Uttarakhand.

Out of 57 Rajya Sabha seats falling vacant, voting took place for only 27 seats today as 30 candidates were declared elected unopposed at the end of withdrawal of nominations on June 3.

In Uttar Pradesh, 12 candidates are vying for 11 seats. (ANI)