The Election Commission’s (EC)’s 'so-called' tightening of screws on ruling SAD-BJP alliance in Punjab notwithstanding, the violation of election model code of conduct is flagrant in the district.
While posters and hoardings of the ruling party leaders in urban area have been removed to give an impression of the state government having full compliance with the EC’s direction, but similar is not the position in rural and semi-rural areas of the district where posters and hoardings of the Akali leaders have dominant mark of presence on government property and machinery.
Posters and hoardings of Faridkot SAD-BJP candidate Paramjit Kaur Gulshan continue to hang on police barricades. A poster of Akali candidate Gulshan was seen pasted on a police barricade at the Moga-Barnala national highway near Badhni Kalan, 23 km from the district headquarters.
The police and paramilitary force have barricades to check every passing vehicle but they have tur ned a blind eye to the violation of poll code.
The posters, promoting and advertising the Akali candidate are also in full public view at the walls of various government schools, police stations and other government buildings.
“When the state government cares a hoot of EC directions, they are giving a general impression to the people that the election will not be fair in Punjab,” alleged Dr Harjot Kamal, executive member of PPCC.
Harjinder Singh, SHO, said, “I am not aware that who hung the poster at our barricade, however, I am going to remove it soon.”
Deputy commissioner-cum-election officer Arshdeep Singh Thind said all government offices in the district would be inspected. “If any poster carrying pictures of ministers and other leaders is found in the police barricades as well as other places, it will be removed immediately,” he added.