Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Capt Amarinder Singh said the Moga bypoll verdict was "manipulated and manufactured" by the Akalis with blatant "abuse of money, muscle, police and official power."
In a press statement, the PPCC chief congratulated the people of Moga for participating in the democratic process and fighting against intimidation by the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).
"The SAD used all the money and muscle power to intimidate and hoodwink the voters to facilitate the result in its favour," he added.
The former CM said the outcome of the byelection did not reflect the government's popularity as the entire ministerial and official machinery was concentrating on the constituency.
He said an atmosphere of pressure was built up to the extent that chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, a self-proclaimed soft-spoken gentleman, threatened people that in case they wanted development, they should vote for the SAD.