Amid Congress allegations of intimidation of voters by the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leaders, the elections to the nagar panchayat of Raja Sansi passed off peacefully on Thursday. Of the 7,137 voters, 69% exercised their franchise. The counting will be taken up on June 10.
Raja Sansi Congress MLA Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria alleged that a large number of Akali workers had been brought from outside Raja Sansi with the sole aim of intimidating the voters and for indulging in bogus voting. He said he had brought this to the notice of the poll officials.
He, however, praised the role of election observer HS Sidhu saying on a number of occasions he had sought police assistance and the observer did not hesitate in sending the force. He said that even the police officials were quick to react to his phone calls.
DSP Jagatpreet Singh said the polling passed off peacefully and no case was registered.
With candidates to four of the wards having been elected un-opposed, elections were held in the remaining nine wards where 19 candidates were in the fray. All four elected un-opposed belong to SAD.
Khemkaran nagar panchayat
Polls to five of the 13 wards to the nagar panchayat of Khemkaran in Tarn Taran district passed off peacefully. Of the 3,328 voters in five wards, 2,844 cast their votes to choose from 10 candidates.
Candidates of SAD were elected unopposed in eight wards after the nomination papers of the other candidates were rejected on technical grounds. The Congress had alleged that the papers were deliberately rejected on the instructions of a senior SAD leader of the area.
Following this, the Congress had withdrawn its candidates from the remaining five wards where the elections were held on Thursday.
61% turnout at Bypoll
Batala: Amid incidents of verbal spat between Congress and BJP leaders, 60.7% voters cast their votes during the by-elections to ward No 7 of Batala municipal council here on Thursday. The bypoll was necessitated following the death of BJP councillor Keemto Devi. Anju Bala, daughter-in-law of Keemto Devi, contested on the BJP ticket, while Nirmala Devi, daughter of former Congress councillor Munshi Ram, contested on the Congress ticket.
Talking to reporters, SDM Rahul Chabba said around 58% men and 63% women cast their votes in the ward reserved for women. He said the result of the by-election would be declared on June 10.
ROs told to remove posters, hoardings
Amritsar: Taking a strong note of the defacement of buildings by putting up election posters and hoardings on them, HS Pabla, special secretary, irrigation department, has directed the returning officers and assistant returning officers to get these removed and intimate the candidates concerned about the cost of their removal. "The cost of removal of these posters and hoardings would be borne by the candidates concerned," he said while addressing a meeting on Thursday.