Lok Rajniti Manch expresses concern over the mysterious death of Indian Justice Party (IJP) candidate from Jaunpur, Bahadur Lal Sonkar (48 years old), whose body was found hanging from a tree.
It is very unfortunate that on the eve of Ambedkar Jayanti such a gory incident has taken place.
The criminalization of politics is reaching alarming levels. As per media reports, the IJP said that "Bahadur Lal was receiving death threats from BSP candidate Dhananjay Singh and some top police officials. The latter were asking him to withdraw his nomination or be ready to face the music." (The Pioneer, 14 April 2009).
We demand a CBI enquiry into the incident and that appropriate legal action take place without delay against those who are responsible for the death of Bahadur Lal Sonkar.
The criminalization of politics is of extreme concern. Those with criminal backgrounds should be barred from politics:
SR Darapuri (Lok Rajniti Manch's candidate from Lucknow parliamentary constituency), Dr Sandeep Pandey (Member, National Presidium, Lok Rajniti Manch), Ram Sagar (Lok Rajniti Manch's candidate from Mishrik parliamentary constituency)