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AAP delegation meets CEO, seeks action against Punjab Min for MCC violation

Chandigarh, Mar 19 (UNI) A delegation of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), led by Leader of Opposition (LoP) in the state Assembly Harpal Singh Cheema, met the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Punjab and submitted a complaint against sitting Punjab Minister Vijay Inder Singla, for alleged indulgence in the Model Code of Conduct violation, by influencing voters of Sangrur Parliamentary Constituency, misusing his official position.
The delegation, through a written complaint, informed the CEO that the Minister, who was a sitting MLA and a prospective Lok Sabha candidate from Sangrur, misused his official position, even as the MCC was already in force since March 10, making it mandatory for the state and Central governments, besides the party candidates, to stay away from making announcements in any shape, with a view to allure voters.

In the complaint to the CEO, Mr Cheema said the ruling Congress government in the state had thrown the MCC to the winds and its Ministers were indulging in malpractices, to woo the voters.
He said the recent example was of Sangrur MLA and PWD Minister in Punjab Cabinet Vijay Singla, who, in blatant violation of the MCC, tried to induce voters in the Constituency by splurging funds worth crores of rupees, for the repair/maintenance of government schools.
He alleged that the government, which had done nothing to improve the condition of government-run schools in the state during its two-year term, suddenly woke up to the cause, simply to entice voters, ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.
He accused the government of making a departure from the set electoral parameters with an eye on the coming Parliamentary elections, as Singla was also a contender for the Lok Sabha ticket of Congress from Sangrur.
A report published on March 17, proved the point that Singla had been indulging in the alleged disbursement of funds to the tune of crores of rupees, he alleged.
Mr Cheema, through the complaint, said that the newspaper report provided enough evidence that the government and the staff had been instructed by those at the helm of affairs, to coordinate Singla in the disbursement of funds.
The AAP leader further said that such blatant acts of violation proved beyond doubt the connivance of the state government with the staff, coercing people of the state to fall in the trap by resorting to arm twisting methods, used by the ruling party.
He said if the violations of MCC were not nipped in the bud, more serious violations by the ruling government could not be ruled out.
The delegation demanded strict action against Singla, currently PWD Minister in Punjab Cabinet, for his indulgence in the flagrant violation of the MCC and for sanctioning the funds illegally to influence the voters in the Sangrur Parliamentary Constituency.
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