A day after blocking National Highway-21 near the Kharar bus stand, Congress workers on Tuesday staged a protest outside deputy commissioner Tejinderpal Singh Sidhu's office here in Phase 1.
The protest, which was led by local Congress MLA, Balbir Singh Sidhu, continued for over three hours (since 10am) and was organised over rejection of nomination papers of a woman candidate Devinder Kaur from Sohana.
Amid protest Sidhu met additional deputy commissioner Puneet Goyal at his office in Phase 1, however, Goyal refused to accept the nomination papers stating they were incomplete.
Goyal on Monday had assured the Congress workers that he would personally check the nomination papers on Tuesday in presence of local MLA Sidhu, after which they lifted their protest.
Sidhu alleged that district administration was working at the behest of Akali leaders and there was no place for democracy in this system.
He further said that they would not contest the sarpanch election from Sohana. On Monday, Sidhu had said that returning officer (RO) Vikramjit Singh Brar rejected the nominations saying that Kaur did not provide the no-dues certificate from the panchayat.
But it was strange that the RO was unaware that the no-dues certificate was not required for a new candidate, he added.
'Akalis misbehaved with women protestors'
Congress workers alleged that Akali leaders also reached the spot and hurled abuses at them. They said that they pushed some of their women workers protesting outside the deputy commissioner's office and announced they were going to win the elections.