The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday (April 11) announced that it had cancelled the candidature of rape convict former MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar’s wife in the upcoming Uttar Pradesh panchayat polls. The name of Sangeeta Sengar was in the list that was released by the national party on April 9.
The announcement was made by Swatantra Dev Singh who is the chief of Uttar Pradesh BJP. In 2017, the then BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar was accused of raping a 17-year-old and then using her influence to get the girls father killed in judicial custody. Sengar was convicted of rape in December 2019 and was sentenced to life imprisonment. He was also expelled from the party by the BJP.
The Uttar Pradesh Panchayat Polls will be held in four phases from April 15 to April 29. The counting of votes will be done on May 2 along with the results of the Assembly elections of Assam, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. In the view of the recent surge in COVID cases the State Election Commission has issued several guidelines. Voters will have to wear a mask, and follow proper social distancing.
Furthermore, polling stations will be sanitised before the voting and counting. People who have tested positive for COVID can also vote at the end of the process in front of a PPE kit wearing poll official.