Minister hijacks village elections, says Sukhpal Singh Khaira : The Tribune India

Tribune press service

Jalandhar, April 30

Bholath Congress MP and former opposition leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira today accused Panchayat Minister Kuldeep Dhaliwal of pressuring Kapurthala district administration officials against holding the election at Raipur Arian village panch in Nadala block despite the publication of two notices.

No pressure

There is no pressure on the administration. The elections will take place according to the rules. Vishesh Sarangal, Kapurthala DC

Accompanied by six village panches out of a total of nine at a press conference, Khaira said the panch election was necessitated following the passing of Congress sarpanch Bhupinder Singh.

Khaira claimed that the Nadala BDPO first published an election notice on April 25, which was attended by six of the nine Congress-owned panches, but the official stayed away and the meeting was postponed. The notice was again published for April 28 and all six panches were present, providing a quorum, but the BDPO left their office under alleged pressure from the minister.

Khaira cited a latest notification from the government, in which the High Court had ordered the state government to fill the vacancies of sarpanches or panches in the state. He denounced the AAP government for going the way of traditional political culture by abusing authority for minor issues. Minister Dhaliwal could not be reached for comment.

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