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Complaint against Sidhu for violating model code while casting vote in Amritsar

assembly elections Updated: Feb 04, 2017 21:19 IST
Punjab elections

Congress candidate Navjot Singh Sidhu with his wife Navjot Kaur and his son after casting their votes at a polling station in Amritsar on February 4, 2017. (PTI)

Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu on Saturday allegedly violated the model code of conduct when he entered an Amrtisar polling booth premise in a car.

The four-time former MP, his wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu and their son Karan Sidhu entered the Mata Saroop Rani College premises in their cavalcade of three private luxury cars to cast their vote, sources said.

The Election Commission guidelines dictates that no one is allowed to move in the polling booth premises in their vehicles, except handicapped or physically challenged persons.

Sidhu and his family, who were moving in three different SUV cars, were stopped at the main entrance gate of the polling booth by the paramilitary forces. But he gained entry by saying that he was carrying special permission to go inside along with the vehicles.

On being contacted, deputy commissioner-cum returning officer Basant Garg said that a complaint has been received in this regard.

“We are verifying the facts by checking the CCTV footage. If legitimate proof proves that his vehicles were found inside the premises, action will be initiated as per the guidelines of Election Commission of India. Sidhu was not permitted to go there along with his vehicles,” Garg said.

Sidhu’s residence falls in the Amritsar North constituency, and he is contesting the assembly polls from the Amritsar East seat on a Congress ticket.

His wife Navjot Kaur had won the elections from Amritsar East during the previous assembly polls on BJP ticket.