Reiterating their allegations against the SAD-BJP government and Amritsar district administration regardig about 40,000 bogus votes, various Congress leaders on Friday presented a memorandum to ADC (D) Sandeep Rishi and demanded cancellation of these votes.
Coming to the office of the deputy commissioner in big numbers, the Congressmen slammed the SAD-BJP for adopting these tactics to win the MC polls.
The Congressmen led by district Congress chief Jugal Kishore Sharma said there were instances where a single house had as many as 137 votes. Genuine votes of the Congress were deleted and there were no photographs along with the new votes, they alleged.
Handing over a memorandum to the ADC (D), Congress leader and former MLA Harpartap Ajnala said, "It is total highhandedness on part of the state government that so many bogus votes have been made. This is nothing but an effort to grab the MC elections. Numerous complaints have been made to the state election commission, but to no avail."
Demanding immediate cancellation of all bogus votes, Sharma said, "The SAD-BJP has stooped low to win the elections. Our workers are being harassed, and the administration and the election commission have no control over the situation. There is no need for such elections. It is unfortunate that even the administration is not reacting. Democratic procedures are not being followed."
Rana Kaypee, a senior Congress leader, said, "We request the district administration to intervene. Though not much time is left for the polls, still something can be done. We want that the supplementary voter list is deleted and the assembly voter list followed."
Besides, Congressmen have been complaining that their candidates are not getting permission for videography; also, they were not given the voter lists.
Reacting to this, ADC (D) Sandeep Rishi said, "We have received the complaints from the Congressmen. We assure them that all this would be verified and in case a government employee is found guilty, action would follow."
On the whole, the administration had worked in a transparent manner and nobody had been extended undue favours; they had also given permission for videography without any bias, he added.
The ADC (D) said 24,861 new votes were made this time and there was no chance of 40,000 bogus votes being made.
Former MLA Raman Bhalla, Sardul Singh Wandala, Jasbir Singh Dimpa, Darbari Lal and former mayor Sunil Datti were present on the occasion.