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Drug, money use in 2017 Punjab polls: Sukhbir dubs EC concern as routine

The deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has termed concerns of Election Commission of India regarding use of drugs and money distribution in the upcoming 2017 state assembly elections as a routine matter.

punjab Updated: Oct 29, 2016 10:17 IST
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Sukhbir said ECI is doing its job, while state government has been focusing on their own activities(HT File )

The deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has termed concerns of Election Commission of India regarding use of drugs and money distribution in the upcoming 2017 state assembly elections as a routine matter.

On the sidelines of inauguration of railway overbridge on Bathinda-Malout road, Sukhbir said ECI is doing its job, while state government has been focusing on their own activities.

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It may be mentioned here that during his recent visit to Punjab, chief election commissioner Naseem Zaidi on the basis of feedback of the Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), had issued instructions to the police authorities.

The instructions were regarding the preparation of a robust strategy by November 15 to check the drug menace. “The frustrated leaders of the Congress and AAP have given fictitious feedback to ECI,” said the deputy chief minister (CM).

“Both the Congress and AAP have started fearing defeat in coming assembly elections,” deputy CM said.

He added the apprehension among both the opposition parties can be gauged from the fact that their leaders are approaching ECI on every issue.

Meanwhile, Sukhbir said the AAP will face the fate of People’s Party of Punjab as the people of Punjab will end AAP’s political journey.

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Addressing the gathering, Sukhbir said railway overbridge on Bathinda-Malout-Muktsar road worth Rs 72.40 crore will prove boon for the commuters.

Meanwhile, Sukhbir also inaugurated revamped Bhai Ghaniya Chowk on the occasion.

Prominent among those presented on the occasion were SAD MLA Saroop Chand Singla, Darshan Singh Kotfatta and mayor Balwant Rai Nath.

Meanwhile, Sukhbir’s visit created traffic chaos as heavy traffic jam was witnessed on Rose Garden road after police blocked the traffic to clear way for deputy CM’s cavalcade.

Moreover, Gurmeet Singh, superintendent of police in deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal’s security misbehaved with media persons when they tried to talk to Sukhbir on the occasion.