Badal files papers amid code violation
Malout, January 22
Seeking a re-election for the third time in a row from Lambi, Mr Badal reached the office of the Returning Officer in a Toyota Innova at quarter past noon with a large number of supporters flocking to the court complex.
He filed three sets of nomination papers and his wife Surinder Kaur Badal was among the oneswho proposed his name. His brother and former MP, Mr Gurdas Singh Badal, filed his papers as a covering candidate.
Soon after handing over his nomination papers to the RO, Mr Badal interacted with the media inside the RO's office, while a section of mediapersons was waiting for him outside.
Asked about the media interaction, the RO said he was busy receiving the papers of Mr Gurdas Badal and was unaware of the goings-on at the rear portion of the room.
As Mr Badal came out of the office after filing his nomination, enthusiastic supporters raised slogans in his favour and showered petals on him. As per the code of conduct, raising slogans is prohibited on the premises. This violation also came to light when a senior SAD leader, Mr Manpreet Badal, filed his nomination papers from the Gidderbaha Assembly seat.
Surprisingly, a Punjab Public Service Commission member, Mr Paramjeet Singh Dhillon, was also spotted among the SAD supporters accompanying Mr Parkash Singh Badal.
When confronted, Mr Dhillon said he had come to the DTO office for renewal of his driving licence.
Earlier, talking to mediapersons, Mr Badal justified the allotment of the SAD ticket to turncoats, stating that winnability was a major criteria for the decision.
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Gidderbaha, January 22
The Returning Officer, Mr Charandev Singh Mann, said it was a clear case of code violation and he had reported the matter to the CEO.
Sant gets notice from RO
Ropar, January 22
The notice was issued to Sant Ajit Singh through the district president of the SAD. A former chairman of the parliamentary affairs committee of the SAD, the Sant dissociated from the Akalis and concentrated on religious activities. He rejoined the party in April last year on the behest of SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal. He was defeated in 1980 by Basant Singh of the Congress.
After filing the papers, the Sant said his main agenda was to root out corruption. There were a number of villages in his constituency where the people remained deprived of basic amenities like potable water and electricity.
In his affidavit, the Sant declared he had Rs 50,000 in cash, Rs 30,000 in fixed deposits, two vehicles, including an Innova and a Qualis and non-agricultural land worth Rs 5 lakh. While mentioning his qualification, he stated that he had studied up to the middle level. Dr R.S Parmar filed papers as the covering candidate.
The Returning Officer said the notice was issued after “I received information that vehicle carrying the Sant was followed by a number of vehicles of his supporters when he came for filing nominations.”
When contacted, Sant Ajit Singh denied the allegation and said that he and his supporters had reached the office in two vehicles.
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Malout, January 22