Allegations of threats to contesting candidates from those in power are flying thick and fast. Latest in this regard is from Congress candidate from Ward No. 36 Bhupinder Singh Bittu, who has accused the local MLA of threatening him to withdraw from the contest even though the deadline to withdraw ended on Thursday.
In an affidavit circulated among reporters here on Friday, Bittu alleged that he was facing 'threats of elimination' at the hands of an opposition party. He claimed that his livelihood had been snatched by his opponents who have disconnected his cable business as he had refused to withdraw his nomination papers.
He further alleged that the henchmen of a local MLA were openly threatening him and his supporters. "Local police officials and even the state Election Commission is not taking note of my complaints", he added in the affidavit.
" In the event of any physical harm to me or my family members or my supporters the opposition party will be directly responsible", he stated in the affidavit also sent to the state Election Commission.
Bittu is involved in a direct contest from Ward No 36 against Geetinder Kaur Bolaria, wife of Chief Parliamentary Secretary (CPS) and SAD MLA from Amritsar South, Inderbir Singh Bolaria.
Bittu's sister-in-law, Gurpreet Kaur, who is the general secretary of the Mumbai Mahila Congress Committee was also present in the media conference. She said that she had decided to come here after learning about the threats being sent to her brother-in-law. "I appeal to our opposition parties not to flout democratic norms as winning or losing is part of a game", she said.