Congress clears Punjab panchayat polls

The ruling Congress today cleared the panchayat elections in Punjab, which saw a substantial turnout of 80 percent. The polling rate in Bathinda and Fazilka was 86, Mohali 84, Pathankot 82, Patiala and Sangrur 81, Moga 78, Fatehgarh Sahib 77.20 and Muktsar 77.92.

The Akalis affirmed the surveys were fixed. In Badal town, previous Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s relative Udayveer Dhillon lost to a Congress-supported contender for the post of sarpanch. The whole Badal group had dropped on the town to make their choice.

Punjabi artist Sidhu Moosewala’s mom Charan Kaur was chosen sarpanch in Mansa’s Moosa town.

Kiranbeer Kaur, sister-in-law of previous AAP state president Sukhpal Khaira, lost the race for sarpanch. So did co-selected SGPC part Karnail Singh Panjauli from Sanjauli in Fatehgarh Sahib.

There were reports of minor encounters. Unidentified people set a polling station on fire at Lakhmir Ke Uthar town in Mamdot square of Ferozepur. As they fled, their Scorpio kept running over a voter, recognized as Mohinder Singh (60), who kicked the bucket on the spot.

Reports of supposed corner catching were gotten from Moga, Patiala, Ferozepur, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Gurdaspur, Tarn Taran and Amritsar. No less than 12 conflicts were accounted for from Jhugiyan, Raipur Mandlan, Tharehi Jattan and Marda Hehri towns in Patiala locale. Two FIRs were enrolled.

After ‘untouchables’ purportedly trooped inside a surveying stall in Fatehpur Garhi town close Rajpura, furious villagers vandalized vehicles of survey authorities. Three people were harmed in Patiala’s Hira Garh town.

The Akalis obstructed the Patiala-Rajpura expressway asserting inaction by the police. Likewise, shots were discharged into the air to frighten off voters in Bausarh Kalan town in Sanaur sub-division.

Mullanpur Dakha in Ludhiana additionally seen a few occurrences of corner catching. Akali pioneer Sucha Singh Langah raised a furor at Shakri town in the Dera Baba Nanak Assembly supporters. There was pressure in Bharoana town of Sultanpur Lodhi in Jalandhar folowing a SAD-Congress conflict. Three people, conveying guns, were captured.

Supporters of two Congress laborers, Robert Masih and Harpal Singh, challenging for the post of sarpanch, heaved stones at one another in Bhojian town in Tarn Taran locale. Rureassal and Dhul Dhaiwala towns in the locale additionally observed conflicts. Decisions were held for 13,726 panchayats. Upwards of 46,754 panches of an aggregate 83,831 were chosen unopposed.

Survey officers who were suspended for “not playing out” their obligations incorporated the Presiding Officer at Bassi Pathana, Sukhwinder Singh; the Executive Officer of the Ballianwala panchayat in Bathinda, Charan Das; and the Headmaster of Government High School, Daun Kalan (Patiala), AS Brar.

Secretary of the State Election Commission Kamal Garg said the races were to a great extent serene and that FIRs had been documented in Patiala and Tarn Taran regions. He said other than Mamdot, repolling would be held at spots where objections were observed to be “veritable”.

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