SAD-BJP urges Guv to direct govt to scrap Ludhaina MC poll, hold fresh polls
Chandigarh – A joint Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)-BJP delegation on Monday urged Punjab Governor VP Singh Badnore to direct the state government to scrap the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation poll process and hold fresh elections. The delegation led by senior SAD and BJP leaders Bikram Singh Majithia, Maheshinder Singh Grewal, Dinesh Kumar and Rajinder Bhandari while bringing the unprecedented violence accompanied with booth capturing and rigging in the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation polls by the Congress to the notice of the Governor, said democracy had been murdered and a fresh poll alone would restore the same in the state.The delegation also brought to the notice of the Governor that rigging was conducted by the Congress under the direct control of Congress Ludhiana MP Ravneet Singh Bittu and Congress legislator Bharat Bhushan Ashu. These leaders led mobs, including outsiders and goondas to the polling booths and had a free run because of the large contingent of security personnel accompanying them. It said the leaders misused police personnel deployed with them to indulge in booth capturing and bogus voting as well as intimidation of SAD-BJP workers and even media persons. The delegation urged the Governor to direct the Ludhiana Administration to register cases against MP Ravneet Singh Bittu and MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu besides all other Congress leaders including Surinder Dawar and Rakesh Pandey against whom complaints have been submitted. It is also requested that the Governor direct the administration to withdraw all false cases registered against SAD-BJP workers immediately.
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