Senior Congress leader Fateh Jung Singh Bajwa has alleged that the government machinery was misused by the ruling SAD-BJP alliance in the zila parishad and panchayat samiti elections in the district. He demanded a high-level probe into alleged irregularities that surfaced during the counting of votes on Tuesday.
Bajwa said at certain polling booths, votes recovered from the boxes at the time of counting were more than the votes actually polled. He claimed that 409 votes were polled at zone no.2, booth no.8 in Kahnuwan panchayat samiti, but at the time of counting 429 votes were recovered from the ballot box. Similarly, at booth no.9, Gunnopur village, 620 votes were polled, but at the time of counting 641 votes were recovered from the ballot box, he claimed.
Bajwa added that 727 votes were cast at booth no.3 at Mumkalan village in Rajubela zone, but 786 votes were recovered from the ballot box. Similarly, he said, 559 votes were polled at the booth no.18 B in zone no.4, but 586 votes were recovered from the ballot box at the time of counting.
He alleged that 694 votes were polled at a booth of the same zone, but 732 votes were found in the ballot box during the counting of votes.
Bajwa said if the SAD-BJP alliance was bent upon winning all the seats in the zila parishad and panchayat samiti elections, it should have nominated the candidates of its choice instead of going to elections, which would have saved the lives of innocent Congress supporters who were killed in the violence allegedly caused by the Akalis.
He said that despite the reign of terror let loose by the Akalis, many Congress candidates emerged victorious in Sri Hargobindpur and other zones. He condemned the partisan role allegedly played by the Punjab Police in these elections, stating that the police threatened to book even those Congress workers who were targeted by the Akalis and some of them were even killed.