Local body polls: Congress harassing SAD-BJP candidates,

17 December, 2017

Chandigarh: A day before the elections to three municipal corporations and 29 municipal councils and Nagar panchayats in Punjab, opposition Shiromani Akali Dal today accused the Congress government in the state of harassing SAD-BJP candidates. Polling to municipal corporations - Amritsar, Jalandhar and Patiala and 29 municipal councils and Nagar panchayats in the state will take place on Sunday. 

In a statement here, SAD spokesman Daljit Singh Cheema alleged that 15 party leaders in Khemkaran have been summoned by the Patti sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) to report at 9.00 am tomorrow even though it is a Sunday as well as the polling day. The SDM has chosen the day to affect polling prospects of SAD candidates, he claimed. "Similarly our candidate Gurmit Kaur from ward number 59 has been detained by the Civil Line police in Patiala in some old case," Cheema said. 

"Apart from this our candidates from ward number 8, 38 and 23 from municipal corporation Patiala are being harassed and threatened by the police to stay away from the election. Similar complaints are coming from many other places," he claimed. He urged the state election commissioner to take serious note of these incidents.