Punjab Congress urges Election Commission to hold snap polls under President’s Rule in Punjab

kaumimarg bureau | November 17, 2016 04:24 PM
Punjab Congress urges Election Commission to hold snap polls under President’s Rule in Punjab

New Delhi

The Punjab Congress on Thursday met the Chief Election Commissioner here to demand snap polls under President’s Rule, with immediate imposition of the Code of Conduct, to ensure free and fair elections in the state.A party delegation, led by Captain Amarinder Singh, discussed the deteriorating political and law & order situation in Punjab under the Badal regime and sought immediate declaration of elections to enable free and fair polls, which the Congress said was not possible under the present Akali-BJP government.

 Talking to mediapersons later, Captain Amarinder Singh said CEC Naseem Zaidi had assured them of all possible steps to ensure free and fair elections in the state and had accepted the party’s demand for EVMs to be brought from outside Punjab for the Assembly polls, scheduled to be held early next year.

Responding to the demand, raised by Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) vice president and chief spokesperson Sunil Jakhar, for early imposition of code of conduct, the CEC pointed out that a Supreme Court ruling did not permit early imposition of Code of Conduct on the ground that it could stop development work. Jakhar then demanded snap polls, saying extraordinary situations demanded extraordinary steps and it was important to take strong measures to prevent Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal from making use of their muscle and money power to win the elections by hook or by crook. The Congress leader urged the Election Commission to apprise the apex court of the situation in Punjab and seek permission to take such urgent measures in the interest of democracy.

 With elections to the state assembly due early next year, Captain Amarinder sought the Election Commission’s early intervention to prevent further vitiation of the political, administrative and law & order environment in the state. The Congress team urged the Election Commission to hold the Punjab assembly polls in a single phase to prevent the Akali government in the state from using any additional time to further misuse their authority.If they (the Akalis) are allowed to continue with their uninhibited control over the state’s administration till the completion of the polls, they will not only plunge the state into further lawlessness but will misuse the SGPC to control their black money into white, said Captain Amarinder. Complaining that the Akalis were planning to sell off all Punjab water to make money for themselves, Captain Amarinder later told mediapersons that, if allowed to be built, the SYL canal will deprive the people of the Malwa region even of drinking water.

 The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president was accompanied by AICC in-charge of Punjab affairs, Asha Kumari, and AICC national secretary Harish Chaudhary, Punjab Congress MPs Ravneet Singh Bittu, Santokh Chaudhary and Ambika Soni, Punjab Congress senior vice president and MLA Laal Singh and vice presidents Dr Amar Singh, Sunil Jakhar (MLA) and Manpreet Badal. Others in the delegation included Punjab Congress MLAs Charanjit Singh Channi, Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa and Sukh Sarkaria.

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