Former Faridkot MLA and state Congress general secretary Kushaldeep Singh Dhillon, also the halqa in-charge of Kotkapura, and Jaitu Congress MLA Joginder Singh on Thursday alleged that the nomination papers of eight block samiti Congress candidates had been rejected on frivolous grounds from Kotkapura block.
They were addressing a press conference at Kotkapura.
“Eight nominations of the candidates belonging to the Congress have been cancelled on frivolous grounds by the returning officer. This has been done under political pressure from the ruling party,” alleged Dhillon.
He alleged, “Our candidates had filed their nominations, supporting them with all the required documents. But after scrutiny, these have been cancelled on baseless grounds.
When we needed the presence of the secretaries and BDPOs, they were not available to issue us the receipts of chullah tax, which must to be paid before contesting an election. But we filed the nominations by submitting self-declarations as per the instructions of the government along with the bank receipts of the balance tax deposited, but our nominations have been cancelled on trivial issues.”
Joginder Singh alleged, “The three nominations of the block samiti candidates from Jaitu have been cancelled on charges such as non-payment of water bills. These are the reserved seats and the charges are irrelevant.”
Dhillon alleged, “Five nominations have been cancelled from the Kotkapura assembly segment alone. On Wednesday, the lists of the candidates were also not put up by 5pm as per the rules of the election commission. The lists were displayed after scrutiny after 7pm.”
The two leaders alleged, “On the one hand, both the CM and the deputy CM said the nominations of the candidates would not be cancelled, on the other, 10 nominations of block samiti candidates of the Congress and one for zila parishad have been cancelled in Faridkot district.”
Sukhdeeppal Singh claimed, “I had been sarpanch of Kothe Thehwala village from 2003 to 2008. A few days before the elections, I learnt that I had about 60 quintal of wheat due in my account. So on April 7, I deposited Rs 83,000 in the bank account of the Kotkapura dehati panchayat and submitted a self-declaration about it along with the nomination papers. No official concerned was available to issue me the receipt. My papers have been rejected on this ground.”
Darshan Singh, tehsildar, Kotkapura, who is the returning officer for Kotkapura block, said, “The nominations have been rejected after checking all the record and verifying the facts. Nothing has been done under political pressure.”
Faridkot SDM NS Brar, who is the returning officer for Faridkot block samiti polls, said, “The lists were displayed in time and everything has been done fairly. No rejections have been made without proper verifications and checking the records.”
In Kotkapura and Faridkot, 34 nominations of block samiti candidates have been rejected out of the total 223 filed.
“For zila parishad, we have now 26 nominations left; two have been rejected and 16 have been withdrawn. The rejections have been made after hearing the objections properly and verifying the facts,” said Mohan Lal, Faridkot additional deputy commissioner, the returning officer for the zila parishad elections.
Three candidates from the PPP had also filed nominations out of which two have been cancelled and one has been withdrawn, it has been learnt from sources.