Assistant returning officers (AROs) of various assembly segments of the high profile Lok Sabha constituency of Bathinda have found that majority of the complaints of violation of the poll code were filed without any basis.
In the chief minister’s hometown Lambi constituency, assistant returning officer (ARO) Sandeep Rishi, has found that all the five complaints received till Thursday were not genuine. “I had received five complaints of the violation of the code, but all were found to without any basis. We found no violation as alleged.”
Similarly, in the Mansa assembly constituency, ARO Rakesh Sharma found all the six complaints not genuine. They had been filed by some anonymous people.
AROs in Sardulgarh and Talwandi Sabo assembly segments have received no complaint so far.
In Budhlada , AROAS Dhaliwal got three complaints and found one as genuine. “The posters were removed in one complaint while two were not genuine. A complaint about the illegal possession of the land was received, but that had no link with the election code.”
In Bathinda (rural), there is no direct telephonic complaint received by AERO Dalvinderjit Singh, but two out of three complaints that had been diverted from Bathinda DC-cumreturning office had been disposed of.
“In one complaint, ` 200 was charged from SAD as charges for removal of posters. One complaint was exaggerated as the poster pasted on a water works tank,” said, Dalvinderjit.
In Bathinda (urban), officials had taken suo motu action on nearly 25 complaints that got published in newspapers while some complaints were received over phone, but ARO Damanjit Singh Mann found 60% complaints as not genuine.
He said nearly 60% complaints, including those published in newspapers, were without any basis.
We got phone calls about violations that included distribution of atta-dal, but we found nothing on the spot. On genuine complaints, we had taken action, he added.