Former MLA and Congress leader Jagbir Singh Brar has apprehended violation of norms in the election to the posts chairman and vice-chairman of the Jalandhar East Block Samiti.
He said this while addressing mediapersons along with 12 newly elected members of the Congress-BSP alliance along with general secretary of the Bahujan Samaj Party Baldev Singh Khaira on Tuesday.
"Three days back, it had happened at Adampur. The Congress-BSP alliance had received nine votes and the ruling party had got eight votes. There, in violation of the rules, the Jalandhar SDM allowed Adampur MLA Pawan Tinu to cast vote, while as per Sections 99(2) and 105 of the Panchayati Raj Act, 1994, and Section 45 of panchayat poll rules, 1994, only elected members can participate in the elections to chairman and vice-chairman," he said.
He alleged, "In order to get the ruling party leaders elected as the chairman, the leaders are using all methods with the active support of the administration. An application is being moved to challenge the election of chairman of the Adampur Block Samiti by our party leader Pardeep Singh in the Punjab and Haryana high court."
For Jalandhar east block samiti, the ruling party has only 10 seats, while the Congress has eight and the BSP four candidates. The election for the chairman and vice-chairman is scheduled to be held on Wednesday.
Later, Brar along with his supporters submitted a memorandum to deputy commissioner Shruti Singh, demanding free and fair elections.
When Shruti Singh was contacted for comment on casting of vote by the Adampur MLA for electing the chairman, she refused to comment, citing that she was busy.