The Election Commission of India (ECI) has raised questions on a booklet of achievements printed by the Punjab government, which is reportedly being distributed among the voters.
Subsequently, Punjab’s chief electoral office (CEO) has sought comments from chief secretary Sarvesh Kaushal on the issue.
“We will send his (chief secretary) reply to the ECI,” said additional chief electoral officer, Punjab, Manjit Singh Narang.
Sources say the ECI might ask Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) to pay for the money spent on the booklets as there is no mention of coalition partner Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in it.
Sources in the government said about 9-lakh booklets had been printed with a cost of about Rs 1 crore.
The booklet has pictures of the chief minister and deputy CM on its front page.
“Every government has the right to take its achievements to the people who have elected it. I think there’s no wrong in it,” said education minister Daljit Singh Cheema, who is also the SAD spokesperson.