Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh met chief election commissioner (CEC) Dr Nasim Zaidi in Delhi on Friday and apprised him about the “deteriorating” law and order in Punjab and “bogus votes” being prepared ahead of assembly polls in the state.
Amarinder led a party delegation and submitted a memorandum to the CEC, accusing the ruling Akali-BJP combine of preparing bogus votes on a large scale. Party leaders Lal Singh, Rana Gurjeet Singh, Rana KP Singh, Sukh Sarkaria, Ajaib Singh Bhatti, Navtej Singh Cheema, Sukhpal Singh Bhullar and Sandeep Sandhu accompanied him.
Amarinder said the Akalis misused official machinery in the 2012 state elections and used police vehicles and ambulances for transporting money used to buy votes.
“There is a sense of fear and insecurity among the people as gang wars have become norm of the day in Punjab. Political opponents are bullied into submission,” he added.
He said the Akali-BJP government was “assigning the job of preparing fake lists to anganwadi workers”. He urged the CEC to put an end to this practice and assign the same job to regular government employees who would be accountable and answerable.