Peoples Party Of Punjab Says Panchayat Polls Rigged, Demands Inquiry

BATHINDA – Accusing the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal of misusing the official machinery to rig and win the zila parishad and panchayat samiti elections, the Peoples Party of Punjab has demanded an inquiry by a sitting judge of Punjab and Haryana high court into the undemocratic means used by SAD. To highlight the misadventure of ruling party, the PPP on Thursday held a dharna at Bathinda district administrative complex where party chief Manpreet Singh Badal accused the ruling party of using unfair means to rig and win the recently held elections to panchayati raj institutions(PRIs).

Manpreet said we demand inquiry from a sitting judge of Punjab and Haryana court so that truth must come up before masses. He said as we have no faith in Punjab election commission we want high court judge to probe all the misuse of power. Leaders of CPI, CPI(M), SAD(Longowal), the constituents of Sanjha Morha also addressed the dharna apart from satirist Bhagwant Mann. Bhagwant Mann was at his best while addressing the people.

Manpreet said Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has ruled Punjab for so long and now what message his government wants to give to Punjab people by forcibly winning the election. He also equated deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal with a police constable who uses all his might at his will. He added that SAD candidates have won with thin majority despite all these acts. CPI leader Joginder Dayal was also present.

Satirist Bhagwant Mann targeted Badal family in his address and said “Parkash Singh Badal has called the elections a victory of democracy but failed to take part in democracy by not casting his vote. “Akalis are killing on an average one ASI per month. He also said “the parameters to get jobs in Punjab have changed. Now one get job if someone from family is assaulted or killed either by Akalis or by the government machinery. Now the government wants to get sisters assaulted to claim jobs or the youth ask their parents to get killed by Akalis so that they could get jobs in compensation”.

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