Describing former Congress minister Amarjit Singh Samra's allegations against party general secretary Gurbinder Singh Atwal of taking Rs 2 crore to withdraw from the contest as a candid admission of crime, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Monday urged the Election Commission of India (ECI) to immediately hold an independent inquiry and order the registration of criminal cases against the guilty and the arrest of all culprits.
The SAD also demanded that the ECI de-recognise the Indian National Congress and debar it from contesting any election in future.
In a written complaint to the ECI, SAD secretary and spokesman Dr Daljit Singh Cheema said in the light of Samra's revelations, the commission should verify as to what was the source of funding for the payment of this unprecedented bribery and whether this amount was reflected in the expenditure register maintained by Samra as an assembly candidate. The commission should also verify whether the Congress has also shown it in its returns filed with the ECI or not, the SAD spokesman asked.
In a detailed letter to the ECI, Dr Cheema said as per a news report, Samra, who contested from the Nakodar assembly constituency in the 2012 elections, has admitted in public that he (Samra) and former PPCC president Capt Amarinder Singh had paid Rs 2 crore to Congress rebel candidate and party general secretary Gurbinder Singh Atwal to buy his support in the elections.
While addressing a gathering at Nakodar, Samra had alleged in the presence of state Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa that of this amount, Rs 1 crore was paid by himself and the rest by Amarinder.