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Poll violence: Laxmi Kanta Chawla pins blame on government

punjab Updated: May 20, 2013 00:19 IST
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Poll violence

BJP national vice-president Laxmi Kanta Chawla on Sunday held the Punjab government responsible for violence during campaigning for zila parishad and block samiti polls, which claimed four lives.

In a communique to the chief minister, which was released to the media here, Chawla said that the incidents were a "blot on the image of our government."

"The issue is not who fired on whom or which party was involved. The issue before the government is: why the police was unable to do its duty and stop such incidents from happening?" she said in the letter.

Pointing to government orders asking licensees to deposit all licensed weapons during the campaign, the BJP leader sought to know from the chief minister as to why authorities did not carry out this order in an impartial and strict manner.

If all licensed firearms had been deposited with the authorities concerned, the government must find out which weapons were used in the violent incidents at Bathinda, Lopoke and Patti, she added.

She urged the CM to ensure that police acted in an impartial manner in future. Police must be told to take strict steps, irrespective of political affiliations, against all those committing offences, Chawla added.