Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Capt Amarinder Singh on Monday clarified that he will stay in Moga till the last vote in the February 23 by-election is cast and ensure that the Akalis do not indulge in any goondaism and intimidation of voters.
Talking to reporters after addressing a public meeting at Daroli Bhai village near here, the PCC president, when asked as how he could stay after the campaigning period is over as the Election Commission of India had ordered all the outsiders to leave, said after the completion of the campaigning, he will camp right outside the constituency in the nearest village.
He said he respected the ECI orders of not staying within the constituency after the completion of the campaigning on February 21.
However, he added he will stay at the nearest place which would not fall in the constituency but will be closest to it as it will be easy to monitor the situation from there.
The PCC president said he had full confidence in the ECI conducting a fair poll. "However, as the leader of my party, it is also my responsibility to ensure that the Akalis do not misuse their position and power and that is why I would be closely monitoring the situation," he
Capt Singh maintained that the Akalis had seen the writing on the wall as the defeat was staring on them.
He said, he had apprehensions that the Akalis might resort to unfair means, goondaism and intimidation.
"I will lead my partymen to ensure that the Akalis are not allowed to do so as they can resort to all these things and they know they are not going to win in any case," he asserted.