EC to videograph proceedings at all booths
Chandigarh, October 7
The Election Commission has assured that all booths in all four Assembly constituencies will be videographed.
The decision was taken after a request was made by the SAD. The party also urged the Election Commission to deploy paramilitary forces to ensure free and fair polls.
Disclosing this after submitting a memorandum, former minister Daljit Singh Cheema said the SAD briefed Chief Electoral Officer S Karuna Raju that the “Congress had been creating an atmosphere of fear in the four Assembly constituencies to influence the results as they had done during municipal and local bodies elections”. The SAD also demanded an increase in the number of observers.
In a separate representation, the SAD also demanded immediate transfer of Dakha SHO Prem Singh and a high-level inquiry into his “acts of misconduct”.
The rerpresentation said, “The SHO is closely associated with the Congress and posted to Dakha prior to the bypoll announcement to threaten political rivals as he has done in the past, also when posted as the Dehlon SHO during the local bodies’ elections.”
Cheema also submitted an audio recording wherein the SHO is heard “threatening” Aman Arora, whose wife is contesting from Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar in Ludhiana, with dire consequencesif she did not withdraw her candidature in favour of the Congress candidate.
The representation also detailed how the SHO’s son Jasparamveer Singh (Goldy Bhangu) was an active leader of the Congress and had even contested the panchayat samiti election from Salempur Sekhan zone in the home district of Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh.