6 People Stripped and Arrested on connection of Rajya Sabha election Horse Trading

Guwahati, 08 February, Priyanka Bhowmick: Six unidentified men stripped in front of the Assam Secretariat on Saturday at 12 noon to protest against alleged horse trading by Congress in the Rajya Sabha elections that were held in the state on February 7  and all the 3 seats are bagged by Congress candidates.

6 People Stripped and Arrested on connection of Rajya Sabha election Horse Trading

Members of Asom Yuva Manch protesting with black flags against Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha MP Sanjay Singh’s candidature for the Rajya Sabha seat from Assam, in front of the Assam Legislative Assembly where Sanjay Singh filed his nomination. Photo: Ritu Raj Konwar
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Police have detained the six men and are interrogating them at the Dispur police station. There have been protests across the state against the Congress fielding Sanjay Singh, Sultanpur Lok Sabha MP and “Raja of Amethi” as a Rajya Sabha candidate from Assam. Singh was given a Rajya Sabha passage as he had revolted against Rahul Gandhi and threatened to join BJP.

Three Rajya Sabha seats in the state had fallen vacant and Congress won all three. The Opposition parties – AGP, BJP and AIUDF – had supported independent candidate Haidar Hussain and had the requisite 32 number of MLAs. However, one of the AIUDF member abstained from voting and six of the Opposition votes were cancelled, fuelling speculation of pay-offs by the Congress.