Badals didn’t vote in rural polls,Jakhar among first in Abohar

The overwhelming response to the zila parishad and panchayat samiti polls in Punjab not withstanding,Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his deputy,Sukhbir Singh Badal,did not cast their votes in the elections.

Written by Chitleen K Sethi | Chandigarh | Updated: April 14, 2014 2:21 pm

The overwhelming response to the zila parishad and panchayat samiti polls in Punjab not withstanding,Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his deputy,Sukhbir Singh Badal,did not cast their votes in the elections.

Though both have their names in the voters’ list in Lambi constituency’s Badal village,according to the State Election Commission,they did not vote in Sunday’s elections. While Sukhbir and his family is reported to be out of the country — Bathinda MP and Sukhbir’s wife Harsimrat Kaur Badal also as a result did not vote — the chief minister was reportedly at his farmhouse in Balasar on Sunday.

On the other hand,Leader of Opposition Sunil Jakhar was among the first to cast his vote in Abohar. State Congress president Pratap Singh Bajwa,however,could not vote as he has his name in the voter’s list of Qadian in Gurdaspur — an urban constituency. Rural Development and Panchayat Minister S S Rakhra also voted in his village on Sunday.

Sukhbir’s absence from these elections,however,has not stopped him from issuing statements on the outcome of the elections. In a statement issued on Monday,he said: “Confused and desperate PPCC chief Partap Singh Bajwa was weaving the web of deceit and lies to cover up his failures.” Sukhbir advised him to come out of a self-created illusion about the “popularity of the national political party once named Congress in India”.

He added: “The newly coronated PPCC chief was so confused that he does not know whom to blame for their own failures. On one hand,he is blaming SAD for engineering the victory in Vidhan Sabha elections and on the other,he himself sought services of central forces for zila parishad elections under whose supervised elections,Congress was decimated in 2012.”

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