Acting as returning officer (RO) in Lambi, the home constituency of Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, could be a tough job for any officer, and, perhaps, this is the reason that former additional deputy commissioner (development), Amritsar, Sandeep Rishi has again been appointed as district transport officer (DTO) of Lambi which, in turn, made him returning officer in Lambi second time in a row.
Sandeep Rishi was first appointed district transport officer at Muktsar that subsequently made him returning officer of Lambi during the 2012 assembly elections when three Badals were in the race to become MLA from Lambi.
This time, it could be a more hectic job for Rishi, who is also holding the additional charge of chief administrator of Amritsar Development Authority (ADA).
Interestingly, in 2011, he replaced then Lambi returning officer Uma Shankar Gupta, who was looking after six important offices in Bathinda and Muktsar along with acting as district transport officer of Muktsar at that time.
Acting on a complaint, Shankar was removed by the Election Commission.
The name of Rishi, who was SDM in Bathinda at that time, was among two recommendations sent by the Punjab government to ECI to appoint RO for Lambi. “I was selected by ECI to be appointed as district transport officer Muktsar in 2011,” said Rishi.
After the formation of the SAD-BJP government in 2012, Rishi was appointed additional deputy commissioner(D), Amritsar, in July 2012. He was also given charge of additional chief administrator, ADA.
He was relieved of the post of ADC(D) on January 14, 2013. Since then, he has been looking after the charge of ADA chief administrator.
When asked if it would not be difficult to manage two offices at a distance of over 150 km, he said, “Right now my all concentration is on the job of DTO Muktsar.”
Rishi has received five complaints regarding violation of the code in Lambi so far during his present term as RO. He said all complaints were found having no ground and were fake.