Congress MLA from Gidderbaha, Amarinder Singh Raja Warring has threatened to approach the Punjab and Haryana court while levelling serious allegations against the district administration of working hand in glove with the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) to manipulate voter lists ahead of panchayat and zila parishad elections.
Addressing a press conference, Raja said, “The district administration took too much time to make public the voter lists and now we know why they were hesitating in releasing voter lists. At the first look, we have found voter list of Chack Giljewala village tempered with and similar complaints have been coming from other villages.”
He said, “We have obtained some documents, which show that at least 20 voters who have been mentioned in the voter list of Chack Giljewala are living outside the village for a long time.”
Congress workers had produced the documents to get deleted the names from the voter list of the village, Warring said, adding that, these 20 people do not live in village and it is on record. “But we were surprised to see that their names were mentioned in the voter list that has been made public just few days back.”
“Surprisingly, names of these 20 persons are also mentioned in the voter list of Chack Mahabdhar village of my constituency,” he said, alleging that, it shows that the administration has tempered with the voter list under the pressure of SAD.
“It is a fraud with people and democracy, which the district administration has allegedly committed on the instructions of SAD. We are sure that SAD would make these 20 virtual voters, who do not live in either of the villages, cast vote in favour of SAD by using money and muscle power,” alleged Warring.
He added that, “We have seen similar tempering with the voter list of Kishanpura and other villages. Congress workers have just got the voter lists and we are analysing these. It seems that the district administration has worked with the SAD workers to favour the ruling party.”
“It is not the first such case showing the administration's bias. Earlier also, they had not issued the list of reserved seats to keep the Congress in the lurch while deciding candidates for reserved seats. We will move the high court if the administration did not correct voter lists,” Warring said.