Calcutta writes to Centre, seeks fresh poll
Tribune News Service. Amritsar, September 22. Former SGPC secretary Manjit Singh Calcutta has shot off a missive to Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, seeking fresh elections to the SGPC in a “non-partisan, judicious and democratic way.” Calcutta said the Gurdwara Election Commission had failed to conduct the elections in a free and fair manner.
Meanwhile, the All-India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) today announced that it would file a PIL before the Punjab and Haryana High Court asking the court to invalidate and set aside the SGPC elections held on September 18 due to “widespread rigging” and to issue a directive to hold fresh elections after the forthcoming assembly elections.
AISSF president Karnail Singh Peermohammad, in a statement released here, alleged that there had been statewide rigging in the recent SGPC elections.
Peermohammad said advocate Navkiran Singh would be filing the PIL before the High Court on behalf of the AISSF.
Makkar wins by 7,319 votes
Ludhiana, September 22. The SGPC president ,Avtar Singh Makkar, has won the Ludhiana West seat, securing 11,872 votes. He defeated his opponent Gurdeep Singh Gosha of the Panthic Morcha by a margin of 7,319 votes. Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) candidates won from all 18 SGPC seats.
Balwinder Singh Bains from Ludhiana South won with the highest margin of 20,685 votes, followed by Jagjit Singh Talwandi from Raikot (margin of 14,504 votes) and Ranjit Singh from Ludhiana Rural (margin of 12,206 votes). (TNS)
Captain flays poll panel for not ordering repolling in two booths
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Chandigarh, September 22. Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Captain Amarinder Singh today criticised the Gurdwara Election Commission’s (GEC) decision not to hold repolling in two election booths in Buttar Shrin and Karaiwala villages falling in Dodha and Gidderbaha SGPC segments. The booths had allegedly been captured during the elections on September 18 by the workers of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).
Amarinder Singh also demanded an inquiry into the declaration of the SGPC election results the same day of polling when they were supposed to be announced on September 22.
Making it categorically clear that as a Sikh it was his duty to question and expose the gross violations committed during the SGPC elections, he had a dig at Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for saying that “the Congress had tried to interfere in these elections”.
Reacting to the GEC’s decision not to hold repolling in the captured booths, Amarinder Singh reiterated that this “only vindicated the public perception that the SGPC elections were a sham aimed at facilitating the victory of the SAD”.
The PPCC chief said the entire election process had been vitiated right from Day One. While election results were supposed to be declared on September 22, the GEC made this public on the day of voting itself, he pointed out. Such a thing, said he, was quite unprecedented and unheard of in the electoral process. “This was clearly done to rush through the process and declare the Akalis as winners so that repolling is avoided, as happened in the case of Buttar Shrin and Karaiwala villages,” he added.