A polling agent died of a heart attack, allegedly after a heated argument with members of the opposition group, in an otherwise peaceful election for the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) in the Capital on Sunday.
According to the Directorate of Gurdwara elections officials, Harjit Singh, the polling agent for Siromani Akali Dal (Badal), died outside a polling booth in Paschim Vihar. "He died of a heart attack but only after 4-5 men of Siromani Akali Dal (Delhi) argued with him and threatened him," SAD (Badal) president Manjit Singh GK said.
SAD (Delhi) President Paramjit Singh Sarna, however, said his party supporters had no role to play in the incident. "Harjit Singh died a natural death. The truth will come out in the post-mortem report," Sarna said.
According to the Directorate of Gurdwara elections, 42.28% of 4.12 lakh voters cast their votes in 45 wards in Delhi. A total of 265 candidates, including four women are in the fray. While 144 candidates are contesting as independents, there are four major parties - Akali Dal (Delhi), Siromani Akali Dal (Badal), Kendriya Guru Singh Sabha and Akali Dal (Delhi-UK) - trying their luck in the elections.
The counting will take place on January 31. In 2007, 42.5% voters had exercised their franchise. The DSGMC elections are considered the most prestigious polls in the community.