Kulwant Singh of the SAD-BJP combine, Sadhu Singh Dharamsot of the Congress and three others on Monday filed their nomination papers before returning officercum- deputy commissioner at the administrative complex on Monday.
The total number of candidates who have filed the papers are seven as two candidates have already filed their nomination on Saturday.
Kulwant’s son Manpreet Singh has filed his papers as his father’s covering candidate. Similarly, Dharmsot’s son Gurpreet Singh was his covering candidate.
The Shiromani Akali Dal ( Amritsar) Dharam Singh Kalaud, Nirmal Singh of the National Congress Party(NCP) and Lachman Singh (independent) were other candidates who filed their nomination papers.
Kulwant Singh was the first one who reached there at about 11.30 am with his supporters to file his nomination and then SAD (Amristar) candidate filed his papers at about 12 noon. Congress leader Sadhu Singh Dharamsot along with MLAs came there to file his nomination.
Interestingly, the model code of conduct was violated by all political parties. Even though the deputy commissioner and returning officer Arun Sekhri repeatedly asked the candidates to follow the rules, their supporters continued to stay in the nomination filing rooms.
During the process of filing nomination, it was learnt that the general public faced a lot of harassment as the police officials on duty on the main gates of the district administrative complex did not allow anybody to enter the administrative complex.
Even the senior officers of various government departments located in the building were stopped by the security officials in the morning. A senior public relations officers was allowed to enter the complex when he complained to the SSP Gurmeet Singh Chaunhan in this regard. However, the returning officer said that the entry of the general public was restricted as the process of filing of nomination papers was on and added that the people were allowed to visit only after the nomination process concluded at 3 pm. Capt Amarinder Singh did not come accompany Dharamsot.
There were rumours that former chief minister would come along with Congress nominee. One of the Congress leaders said that they were waiting for the former CM and because of this they came late.