DW BUREAU / Chandigarh
In the wake of October 11 Gurdaspur Los Sabha bypoll, Punjab BJP on Friday wrote to the Election Commission of India, demanding immediate transfer of officers who are working as agents of the Congress pressurizing the people to vote for the ruling party.
The BJP has also sought deployment of paramilitary forces and videography of polling booths for the bypoll.
In a letter addressed both to the Chief Election Commissioner A K Joti and Punjab Chief Electoral Officer, former Punjab BJP chief Manoranjan Kalia said the ruling Congress party in the state was using state machinery to threaten its political opponents and the voters.
In his letter, Kalia sought deployment of paramilitary forces in each and every booth of the constituency and videography of all booths. He also demanded that all the officers who happen to be from Gurdaspur parliamentary constituency should be immediately shifted out of the area.
Stating that the Congress was using state machinery for political gains, Kalia said, “The ruling Congress party has broken all records of violations of model code of conduct in order to grab the Gurdaspur seat by hook or crook. We have brought to your kind notice a number of instances where ruling
Congress party is misusing government machinery. The local police are being used to threaten the political opponents.”
In the letter, the BJP leader named certain police and administrative officials who are who are openly campaigning for the Congress and pressurizing BJP’s supporters to support the ruling party, demanding they be shifted out of the constituency immediately.
He said, “We have been informed that many other officers who belong to Gurdaspur parliamentary constituency and who should have been posted out as per the instructions of ECI, have also managed to retain their place of posting with the connivance of district administration.
“The Commission should verify once again to ensure that no officer belonging to the same Parliament and who is on any responsible position which may influence the electorate, should be
allowed to stay in the Parliamentary Constituency.”
Kalia also mentioned the incidents wherein Congress workers disrupted a SAD-BJP poll rally at Hanuman Chowk and had threatened former minister Bikram Singh Majithia on his visit to village Dharowali in Dera Baba Nanak.