Alleging large scale bungling in the counting of votes in the zila parishad and panchayat samiti elections, Congress workers blocked traffic on the Chandigarh-Hoshiarpur-Pathankot highway for three hours. They raised slogans against the government and demanded re-counting of votes.
The leader of the protest, Dr Raj Kumar said that a large number of Congress candidates would have been elected, if the counting had been fair. He alleged that the government officials played in the hands of the ruling alliance and declared may losing SAD candidates as winners.
He alleged that in Barian Kalan zila parishad zone, the Congress nominee had won by four votes, but she was declared defeated by 10 votes.
"In Bhungrni also the officials played a partisan role. When our candidate polled 73 more votes than the SAD, the returning officer ordered re-totalling. When she again won by 20 votes, the officer ordered yet another re count and ultimately she was declared defeated by 4 votes," said Dr Raj.
He claimed that the Congress candidate had won from the Harta block, but in the morning the certificate of election was issued to the SAD candidate.
"The ruling alliance has used unfair means to win the elections. We will move the court to seek justice," he said.
The dharna was later lifted on the assurance of Garhshankar SDM Ranjit Kaur.