Though Shiromani Akali Dal leaders blatantly violated the code of conduct by distributing liquor at the Ghanur rally on Thursday, but the district administration has denied any such incident.
The liquor was distributed by Akalis to voters after the rally of the deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal, who addressed four rallies in Patiala in favour of SAD-BJP Candidate Deepinder Singh Dhillon.
A fact- finding inquiry marked by the district electoral officer- cum-deputy Commissioner GK Singh has said that there was no distribution of liquor in any rally.
“I have got the report but the inquiry officers have denied any information about the distribution of liquor. We have examined the videography of the rallies and there is no such incident”, said GK Singh, who added that the report had been forwarded to the Chief Electoral Officer in Chandigarh.
The report says that pictures published in media does not reveal any face. Thus they can’t nail anyone, said sources.
However, the fact is Akali leaders openly distributed the Indian-made liquor at Ghanaur and also distributed slips of liquor bottles at Bhadson, where a similar rally was held.
“The district administration is biased as they didn’t report that workers of Akali Dal and close aides of sitting MLA Harpreet Kaur Mukhmailpur, had distributed the liquor. The administration is shielding them. The Congress will report the matter to the ECI with set of photographs”, said Madan Lal Jalalpur, in-charge of the Ghanaur constituency for the Congress.
Meanwhile, the district administration has issued warning to political parties that whosoever found distributing liquor, money or using any other means to lure voters, would be punished according to election commissions rule. The DC has formed committees to keep a tab on such activities.