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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Chandigarh, January 09, 2013
Members of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) on Wednesday staged a demonstration outside the office of the directorate of gurdwara elections in Delhi, protesting against alleged favouring of two SAD-Delhi candidates by the directorate.
Delhi unit president of SAD (Badal) Manjit Singh GK on Wednesday alleged that on January 8, the last day of scrutiny of nomination papers of candidates for elections of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), scheduled for January 27, two candidates of SAD-Delhi were found having filled nomination papers inappropriately.

"But instead of rejecting their candidature, the directorate is delaying any decision and making attempts to declare them independent candidates," said GK. During the protest, workers and leaders of the SAD (Badal) raised slogans against the directorate, Delhi government and SAD (Delhi) president Paramjit Singh Sarna, who is the DSGMC president.

Nomination papers of SAD (Delhi) candidates Gian Singh (Naveen Shahdara) and Maharaj Singh (Dilshad Garden) were found inadequate as forms A and B were missing, which as per law are mandatory to be filled by candidates of a political party, GK alleged, adding that the candidature of both should have been rejected immediately. "Gurdwara affairs minister Arwinder Singh Lovely is helping SAD (Delhi) candidates," he said.

Lovely and Sarna could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.