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EC relief for Majithia; he can move in his segment
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 29
In a partial reprieve, the Election Commission of India -- a day before polling -- has allowed Punjab Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia to move freely in his Assembly constituency (Majithia). The order came a day after the EC had imposed restrictions on his movement not beyond the polling station area from where he is an elector.

Confirming the development, Chief Electoral Officer, Punjab, VK Singh, said, “According to the latest order received today at about 11 am, it has been communicated that he will be free to move in the Assembly constituency”.

The Chief Electoral Officer said, “We did not have the details of the specific complaint against Majithia. The earlier order seeking to restrict his movement had come straight from the Election Commission just as the one in the morning today allowing his movement.”

The restriction on Majithia’s movement had cropped up in context of Majithia’s speech on April 24 in which he had distorted the words of a Guru Gobind Singh ‘shabad’. Speaking in favour of Akali-BJP candidate Arun Jaitley, he said, “nischay kar Arun Jaitley ki jeet karu”. The original ‘shabad’ is “nishchay kar apni jeet karu”.

The public utterance by the Revenue Minister was followed by Takht Sri Hazur Sahib, Nanded, declaring him a ‘tankhaiya’. The takht, subsequently, accepted his apology. Majithia has agreed to serve any religious punishment ordered by the takht.

VK Singh said, “Majithia’s movement will definitely remain under surveillance and will also be videographed. The communication received from the ECI has asked us to keep full vigil on his movement and participation in election activity.”





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