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Majithia allowed to move during polling today

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, April 30, 2014
First Published: 07:57 IST(30/4/2014) | Last Updated: 12:36 IST(30/4/2014)

A day after the Election Commission of India (EC) restricted the movement of controversial Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MLA and Punjab’s revenue minister, Bikram Singh Majithia, only to his designated polling station in his assembly segment Majitha for voting day April 30, he got some relaxation.

Now, he is allowed to move beyond the polling station, yet only within Majitha assembly constituency, which falls in the high-stakes Amritsar Lok Sabha segment.

The EC’s relaxation order came in the after noon after a representation by Majithia in which he argued that he represents the people of the constituency and thus could not be banned from moving within Majitha.

However, the condition of keeping him under video surveillance has not been relaxed, informed chief electoral officer, Punjab, VK Singh.

Brother-in-law of deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, Majithia has been a poll issue himself for various allegations and utterances.

In the latest, he is facing fire from the Sikh clergy for distorting religious words while seeking votes for the BJP’s Amritsar candidate Arun Jaitley.

He has thus been summoned to the Akal Takht, the highest temporal seat of the Sikhs, on May 1.

On Sunday, the SAD had argued that the restriction order by the EC “amounts to denial of Majithia’s fundamental right to take part in the electoral process as a free citizen”.

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