Chandigarh: AAP and Congress leaders on Sunday separately met the visiting team of Election Commission here and expressed apprehension about misuse of state machinery in Punjab Assembly polls, with Congress seeking immediate imposition of model code to ensure a free and fair election.
A delegation of the state unit of Congress, led by vice president Amar Singh, met the nine-member EC team, headed by Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi, which arrived here today on a three-day visit to review election preparations.
They urged EC to immediately impose the Code of Conduct in Punjab to ensure a free and fair election, citing “total politicisation of the state’s administrative and law and order machinery”.
Conveying their “apprehensions” to the EC, the Congress leaders called for immediate imposition of the Code of Conduct to bring the “deteriorating” political situation in the state under some
The model code of conduct comes into force immediately with the announcement of election.
The delegation also asked the EC to take measures to ensure there is no “misuse” of the state machinery by the Akali leadership.
They also demanded an independent third-party review and scrutiny of the voter lists, which had been prepared and revised by Anganwadi workers and were “replete with bogus voter names”.
The Congress leaders also highlighted to the EC the issue of “politicisation of the media”.
Meanwhile, a delegation of AAP led by its legal cell head Himmat Singh Shergill met the EC team, alleging rampant use of money and muscle power during elections.
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