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Not polls, but political terrorism: Cong leaders

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Batala, May 19, 2013
First Published: 20:33 IST(19/5/2013) | Last Updated: 20:34 IST(19/5/2013)

The Congress on Sunday alleged that the SAD-BJP alliance had created political terrorism in the state by misusing Punjab civil and police administration to strike fear among the supporters of the opposition parties, which was on display in the run-up to zila parishad and block samiti elections.

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Addressing a joint press conference, district Congress committee president and Fatehgarh Churian MLA Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and Batala MLA Ashwani Sekhri alleged that it was a "preplanned exercise".

They claimed that deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal had send his men to West Bengal for getting trained in booth capturing and poll violence that was witnessed on Sunday.

Violating all norms, the Akalis assaulted Congress polling agents and forced them to leave even as policemen merely acted as mute spectators, the Congress MLAs claimed.

They said that as MLAs, they were given two gunmen each by Punjab Police whereas so-called SAD's 'halka incharges' whom they had defeated in the assembly election were given 40-50 gunmen and escort vehicles by the state government.

"Though we have enough power to face the men in blue turbans but what can we do when men in khaki openly support them," both remarked.

Randhawa further alleged that he went to dozens of polling station, namely Bhagwanpura, Dehar Fattupur, Mamman,  Athwal, Rampura and Dharamkot Randhawa, where police were allegedly openly supporting the Akalis who were capturing polling booths.

The DCC leader said that the people of the state were fed up with the "dictatorial" policies of the state government and would teach them a lesson in the coming Lok Sabha election.

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