In a show of strength, Congress candidate from Jalandhar Lok Sabha constituency (reserve) Chaudhary Santokh Singh on Monday filed his nomination amid pomp and show. Before heading to the district administrative complex, Congress leaders and workers gathered at the Congress Bhawan in large numbers.
The Congress leaders reached the administrative complex at about 1.15 pm amid chanting of slogans by party workers.
While Santokh along with other senior leaders went to file the nomination, hundreds of the Congress workers also entered the district administrative complex in complete violation of the model code of conduct.
Apart from Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Partap Singh Bajwa, all the senior party leaders from Jalandhar, including former ministers Avtar Henry, Chaudhary Jagjit Singh, Amarjit Singh Samra, District Congress Committee (rural) president Jagbir Brar and Punjab Youth Congress president Vikramjit Chaudhary, accompanied Chaudhary Santokh.
The Congress activists, numbering more than 150, gathered just few metres away from the office of the deputy commissioner-cum-district electoral officer with party flags in their hands, not adhering to the laid down rules.
The violation did not end here as they indulged in sloganeering as well.
With three candidates of other parties already there to file their nomination papers, the Congress candidate and the PPCC chief had to wait for more than an hour. While Bajwa and other Congress leaders were waiting at the meeting hall, the staff of DC office was seen offering tea and coffee to the Congress leaders.
Interestingly, the staff was even trying to hurry up the process of filing of nomination papers of the candidates so that Chaudhary Santokh and Bajwa did not have to wait for long.
Meanwhile, BSP candidate Sukhwinder Kotli also filed his nomination papers. The BSP leaders and workers too violated the model code of conduct by entering inside the district administrative complex in large numbers.
Chaos prevailed on the road leading to the district administrative complex as traffic came a standstill for almost three hours after 12 noon.
Supporters of the candidates had parked their vehicles haphazardly, adding to traffic snarls.