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SAD-BJP buying votes: Capt Amarinder

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Amritsar, April 29, 2014
First Published: 21:34 IST(29/4/2014) | Last Updated: 21:35 IST(29/4/2014)

Former chief minister and Congress candidate from Amritsar, Capt Amarinder Singh, has alleged that the ruling SAD-BJP alliance had "pumped in money into the constituency for purchasing votes".

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Addressing media persons here on Tuesday, he claimed to have authentic information that "large chunks of money" made their way into the constituency through different sources.

One such source was former Amritsar (rural) SSP, Gurpreet Singh Gill, who was transferred out on Monday following complaints by the Congress, he alleged while claiming that Gill had helped getting the money into the constituency.

"The other source was the OB-van of a particular TV news channel that had transferred money from outside the state and into Amritsar. The 108-ambulances and other ambulances were the third source", he claimed.

Amarinder also questioned the presence of Bharatiya  Janata Party (BJP) national treasurer Piyush Goel at Amritsar at a time when the campaign had come to a close. "You all know what his presence here means after the campaign had ended", he added.

He maintained that he has asked his party leaders to maintain vigil. He also appealed to the voters not to accept money.

Asked whether he had any evidence of votes being purchased, he claimed, "We have got certain tip-offs that votes will be purchased in certain areas. We are alert. Let's see what happens".

ON BLASPHEMY BY MAJITHIA

Referring to distortion of a 'shabad' of Guru Gobind Singh   by revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia during an election rally, Amarinder said that he was hopeful that the Akal Takht will take this issue into consideration as it a "serious religious offence".

Asked if he had faith in the Akal Takht, he said, "Yes, the Akal Takht has already taken up this issue".
Amarinder said that after the election process is over, he will be targeting local bodies minister Anil Joshi. "We have already got certain evidence and documents that point to Joshi's hand in corrupt practices. We will not spare him".

ON CASTING HIS VOTE

To a question, the former chief minister said he would not be able to cast his vote in the elections on Wednesday as he is registered as a voter in Patiala. "I will stay here in Amritsar as I have to keep a watch over Majithia", he quipped.

Amarinder also praised the media for its role in the run-up to the elections, saying, "You have played a very impartial role in very testing circumstances. I appreciate it".

 


 

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