No links found between PFI and SDPI, says poll body chief


Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar said that political outfit SDPI has submitted all necessary documents and no established links between radical outfit PFI and SDPI were found that necessitated action.

CEC Rajiv Kumar said the SDPI has submitted all necessary documents. (Photo: File)

The Election Commission has found no links between the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) and the banned Popular Front of India (PFI), as the law enforcement agencies continue with the crackdown on the radical outfit and its affiliates across the country.

The Union government on September 28 banned the radical outfit PFI and its associates for five years, citing threats to security and terror links. A total of nine organisations have been declared “unlawful” under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). But the political offshoot of PFI, the SDPI escaped the ban.

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Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar told India Today that SDPI has submitted all necessary documents and till now there is no link established between PFI and SDPI that necessitates action.

“We are aware of action against PFI. SDPI has submitted all necessary documents. Till now there is no link established between PFI and SDPI which necessitates action. There is no default from their side,” CEC Rajiv Kumar said.

The SDPI was formed on June 21, 2009. It was registered with the Election Commission of India on April 13, 2010. So far, the SDPI has elected members in municipal corporations and gram panchayats in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh.

The party stated that they came into being for the advancement and uniform development of all the citizens, including Muslims, Dalits, Backward Classes and Adivasis, and they represent a new political vision for its people formed after a thorough study and analysis of post-Independent India.

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