Continuing their blame game over different issues, the Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) are at loggerheads over the use of police and civil administration in the upcoming Patiala Urban assembly election.
While Congress candidate Preneet Kaur alleged misuse of local police by the ruling SAD-BJP, state education minister Dr Daljeet Singh Cheema accused Preneet and her party of habitually levelling false charges against the police and the civil administration.
Reiterating her demand for deployment of paramilitary forces from the Centre at Patiala throughout the election period, Preneet alleged that the local police was harassing and intimidating Congress workers and supporters.
Preneet had also complained to the chief election commissioner of India and asked for her complaint against her counterparts to be taken seriously.
“I have been noticing that a large number of plain-clothes men are attending my meetings and noting down details of those present, following which my supporters and workers are intimidated and threatened to withdraw from campaigning,” she alleged.
She said the party had earlier written to the Punjab election commissioner, but in vain. “Enjoying patronage of the state government and its machinery, SAD is transporting goons from different parts of Punjab and Haryana, to create fear among the people of my constituency,” she alleged.
Meanwhile, the SAD termed Preneet’s allegations as totally false. SAD secretary and spokesman Dr Daljit Singh Cheema said that the Congress should refrain from leveling such allegations against the police and civil administration, without any solid evidence.
“The Congress is habitual complainant, since it has no positive agenda to take up. The royal family candidate failed to live up to expectations. Were the police and civil administration preventing Preneet or her husband from developing Patiala?” asked Dr Cheema.