Revenue minister and senior Shiromani Akali Dal ((SAD) leader, Bikram Singh Majithia, has urged the Election Commission (EC) to withdraw its order issued on Monday restraining him from moving around in Majitha assembly segment, which he represents, in Amritsar Lok Sabha constituency over the next two days.
In a representation mailed to the chief election commissioner (CEC) on Tuesday, the minister claimed that he had all the rights under the Constitution and the Representation of People Act, 1951 to engage himself in all election activities generally and especially with regard to Amritsar constituency which goes to the polls on Wednesday.
He contended that the restraint order issued by EC causes serious and irreversible prejudice to his rights, especially when he has neither been made aware of any bonafide complaint against him nor given any notice.
In this background, such a restraint order would not be justified and tantamount to impinging upon the process of conduct of free and fair election and "stifle and irreversibly deprive me of my all rights guaranteed under the Constitution and the Representation of People Act 1951", he added.
Observing that he had been an MLA for two terms from Majitha assembly segment, Majithia claimed that there was no case of this kind anywhere in the country.
"I have never been asked to explain any allegation against me by EC regarding any act of omission or commission which can ever justify any such restraint order against me", he stated.
He maintained that EC is fully aware of instances of filing of a number of frivolous complaints by political rivals and especially those who, afraid of their possible electoral defeat, indulge themselves in such malafide activities. "It would neither be fair nor permissible that malafide complaints, if any, are taken as gospel truth by the Commission" he added.
Majithia claimed that the restraint order not only causes serious violation and irreversible consequences to his rights but also to the rights of Arun Jaitley, the SAD-BJP candidate from Amritsar constituency, which includes Majitha assembly segment.
The minister appealed to CEC to immediately withdraw the restraint order. He claimed that he had never threatened any voter in his own constituency in any manner whatsoever.
He assured the EC that he will not in any way intimidate any voter in Majitha constituency and that he may be permitted to move around freely in the assembly constituency that he represents.