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Even dead and NRIs cast their vote at Faridkot village

punjab Updated: May 21, 2013 21:45 IST
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A few deceased and NRIs also allegedly cast their vote at Kothe Gajjan Singh Wala village, near Kotkapura, in the block samiti and zila parishad elections.


The village falls under the Wara Daraka zone from where Kultar Singh, the younger brother of chief parliamentary secretary and Kotkapura MLA Mantar Singh Brar, contested the zila parishad election and won it with a considerable margin.

Amrat Lal, a former sarpanch, contested from Wara Daraka zone on a Congress ticket against Kultar Singh.

Former Faridkot MLA Kushaldeep Singh Dhillon alleged, "Jagdev Singh, a former sarpanch, vote No 2 in ward No 3; Karnail Singh, vote No 1 in ward No 1; Surjit Kaur, vote No 1 in ward No 5; and many others at Kothe Gajjan Singh Wala village have been shown as those who cast their vote on May 19, but the fact is that they had died many years ago."

According to Dhillon, NRIs Gurdev Singh, vote No 1 in ward No 3; Sukhwinder Kaur, vote No 3 in ward No 3; and Rajwinder Kaur, vote No 20 in ward No 1 are settled in Canada for the past many years, but they have been shown as those who cast their vote at Kothe Gajjan Singh Wala village on May 19.

Teja Singh, vote No 18 in ward No 5, a patient, who is in coma following a head injury, has also been shown as having cast his vote, he alleged.

"There has been rigging of one kind or the other since the notification for Kotkapura block samiti was issued. First, there were cancellations and wrongful withdrawals and now the ruling alliance have illegally got the votes which were actually not there," Dhillon claimed.

"In Wara Daraka zone, the ruling party leader got it checked which voters were left out from casting their votes and later, after the polling was closed, they stamped the ballot papers and put them into the ballet boxes as the ballot boxes were easily opened from behind," Dhillon alleged.

Deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat said, "We are currently busy in preparing the election results and have got no complaint in this regard. However, I will get it checked/verified."