Chandigarh, May 11 : The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Saturday requested the Election Commission of India (ECI) to declare the Bathinda Lok Sabha seat as hyper-sensitive and deploy paramilitary forces to thwart the Congress party from indulging in unfair means to secure a win from this high profile seat.
In a letter to the Chief Election Commissioner which was submitted here, SAD senior vice president Daljit Singh Cheema said the ruling party was working on its common minimum goal of defeating Ms Harsimrat Badal by using all types of 'unfair means.' He said the top Punjab Congress leadership including Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and Finance minister Manpreet Badal were using unfair means to take revenge for their disgraceful defeats as the CM’s son Raninder Singh and FM Manpreet Badal lost to Ms Badal in the 2009 and 2014 parliamentary elections respectively.
Giving details, the SAD leader said statements being issued by the FM like ‘defeat of Warring is my political death’ or ‘Warring win, my responsibility’ clearly show to what extent Congress leaders could go to secure a win from Bathida parliamentary constituency. He said the CM & FM were hell bent upon intimidating the voters to support the Congress party. “The local police are stopping SAD leaders/workers from even campaigning at the behest of ruling party”, he added.
Accusing Congress candidate Raja Warring of calling his supporters across the country to create ruckus on the polling day as well as counting day, Dr Cheema said there were a total of 1729 booths in the constituency out of which 559 had been declared as sensitive by the district administration. “If one third booths are under the direct control of the state government then it definitely makes this constituency a fit case for deployment of paramilitary forces”.
Further apprising the ECI about some recent incidents aimed at vitiating the poll atmosphere in Bathinda, the Akali Dal leader said the local police were seen acting in a highly biased manner to please the ruling party. He said the latest biased action of the local police took place May 8, 2019, when Baljit Singh Daduwal along with hundreds of supporters gheraoed the house of former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal and Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal.
“All those troublemakers were removed from the spot only after intervention of the Election Commission as the local police did not take any action against them. Instead it helped them to cross police barricades to facilitate their stage managed protest in a high security area”.
He further said that even on an earlier occasion, the SAD had brought to the notice of the Commission about the poor track record of the State police in Zila Parishad and Panchayat elections in 2018.
Demanding immediate deployment of paramilitary forces in the Bathinda Lok Sabha constituency to ensure free and fair elections, Dr Cheema said the State police was least expected to act fairly in the upcoming parliamentary elections as it was working under the pressure of the ruling party. (UNI)