Candidates deface properties, flout poll code with impunity
The poll code of conduct seems to have gone for a toss as political parties had indulged in defacing public and private properties with impunity to register themselves in voters' mind during Jalandhar municipal corporation elections to be held on June 10.punjab Updated: Jun 09, 2012 23:52 IST
The poll code of conduct seems to have gone for a toss as political parties indulge in defacing public and private properties with impunity to register themselves in voters' mind during Jalandhar municipal corporation elections to be held on June 10.
Huge billboards, posters, banners and buntings of the Congress, Shiromani Akali Dal and the Bharatiya Janata Party have been put up on electricity poles, walls of school buildings, parks, religious places and even trees.
Even residential buildings and religious places have not been spared as poll publicity material is pasted on their walls without the permission of the owners.
However, the administration has failed to take action against the poll code violators even though the act of defacing properties is rampant.
On Lajpat Nagar Road, Independent candidate Ashwini Kumar contesting from ward 34 smiles down from the hoardings put up on most of the electric poles. In ward number 50, Congress candidate Rajnish Bhagat has his banner on the boundary wall of the Budha Mall Park while his opponent, Parvesh Tangri of the SAD, has crowded the streets of Bhargav Camp with buntings of his party.
In Ashok Nagar, which comes under ward number 49, Congress candidate Shrawan Grover and BJP candidate Ajit Bhardwaj have pasted their stickers on Hari Darshan Mandir. In ward number 37, SAD candidate Rajinder Singh Bhatia has put up his publicity hoardings on electric poles on the main roads while rival candidate Jagdish Raja too has done the same.
Similarly, in ward number 51, BJP candidate Daulat Ram and Congress candidate Tarsem Singh have put up their posters on public property.
"The supporters of the candidates put up their stickers on the walls of the houses without permission of the residents," Surinder Kumar, a resident of Abadpura, said. "This should be stopped."
District election officer Priyank Bharti was not available for comment.