Though the district Congress is yet to file a police complaint after rejection of nomination papers of six candidates and alleged wrongful withdrawal of four candidates, the CPI candidates have demanded investigation into the alleged irregularities and have filed a complaint regarding the withdrawal of nominations of its candidates for zila parishad and block samiti polls.
The CPI had fielded 19 candidates for the block samiti polls in the district but 11 nominations have stood as withdrawn.
Meanwhile, six nominations of the Congress from the district were allegedly rejected on frivolous grounds and four others stood as withdrawn wrongfully, as alleged by Congress leader Kushaldeep singh Dhillon, former Faridkot MLA and general secretary of the state unit.
The rejection of five nominations from Kotkapura block alone and withdrawal of four candidates from the district later have led to the allegations that it has been done to political pressure.
"The block samiti and zila parishad elections have been turned into a mere formality. The government should ensure fair polls and the ruling party should respect the mandate of the people. What is the need to cancel or withdraw the nominations wrongfully? Even those who put thumb impressions, their nominations have also been withdrawn wrongfully by
putting fake thumb impressions," alleged Dhillon.
This will wastage of public money if elections are not held fairly, he said, adding that, "I appeal to the chief minister and deputy chief minister that they should ensure fair elections as they claim and if their candidates win I shall accept their victory gladly, but at least the spirit of democracy should not be crushed."
"We are going to file a police complaint on Monday as we have got it drafted from lawyers in Chandigarh. We are also approaching the Punjab and Haryana high court in days to come and want an inquiry into the wrongful withdrawal and rejection of nominations of our candidates," said Dhillon.
CPI seeks probe
Pawanpreet Singh, CPI district secretary, Fairdkot, said, "In fact, our candidates did not want to withdraw and wanted to contest the elections to block samitis. But their nominations have been withdrawn by putting forged signatures or thumb impressions. Four of them are women who have put their thumb impressions and the mismatch can be easily pointed out by experts on the subject."
"I have met Faridkot senior superintendent of police Gurmeet Singh Randhawa along with the eight candidates and we want fair investigation into the cases of fake withdrawals," said Pawanpreet.
In a complaint, which the CPI leader claims to have given to the SSP, it has been alleged that nominations were withdrawn by putting fake signatures or thumb impressions.
"We were busy with our election campaign, when, on May 10, we came to know that our nominations were withdrawn by putting fake signatures or thumb impressions," allege Gurpreet Singh, son of Bindar Singh, a resident of Pakka village from Pakka block samiti zone and Angrej Kaur, wife of Khushal Singh, a resident of Chandbaja from Mandwala zone, in their complaint to the SSP.
The CPI district secretary alleged that, "We had four women candidates who could only put their thumb impressions and we want their thumb impressions matched. We shall also approach the state SC and ST commission because our candidates belong to this category."
Faridkot SSP Gurmeet singh Randhawa said, "No complaint has been received from the Congress but we have received a complaint from some CPI candidates for an inquiry into the alleged fake thumb impressions or signatures. I have marked an inquiry to the DSPs of Kotkapura and Faridkot, respectively. The action would be taken as per the inquiry report and the guilty would not be spared."