Punjab Congress leaders on Thursday met chief election commissioner (CEC) Naseem Zaidi at New Delhi and demanded snap polls in the state under the President’s rule and immediate imposition of the code of conduct to ensure free and fair elections.
A delegation, led by state party chief Captain Amarinder Singh, told the CEC that the political and law and order situation in Punjab was deteriorating under the Parkash Singh Badal government.
Talking to mediapersons later, Amarinder said the CEC had assured them of all possible steps to ensure free and fair elections in the state and accepted the party’s demand that electronic voting machines (EVMs) be brought from outside Punjab for the assembly polls due early next year.
Responding to the demand raised by Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) vice-president and chief spokesperson Sunil Jakhar for early imposition of the code of conduct, the CEC pointed out that a Supreme Court ruling did not permit early enforcement of the code of conduct on the ground that it could stop development work.
Jakhar then demanded snap polls, saying extraordinary situations demanded extraordinary steps and it was important to take strong measures to prevent chief minister Badal and his deputy CM son, Sukhbir Singh Badal, from making use of their muscle and money power.