Focusses on late MLAs achievements: Sahi was always concerned with development
On his first visit to Dasuya since the bypolls were declared,SAD president and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Wednesday focussed on the achievements of late BJP MLA Amarjit Singh Sahi,as he attempted to woo voters ahead of the July 11 elections in the constituency.
Addressing rallies in the favour of the BJPs Sukhjit Kaur Sahi,wife of the late MLA,at the villages of Bhol Kalauta,Bhambotar and Jugiyal in Dasuya,the deputy chief minister said Shahi was more than a brother to him and added that the late MLA was always concerned with the areas development.
Badal said Shahis agenda included development of drinking water facilities,irrigation facilities,setting up world class educational institutes and creating an ideal atmosphere to attract industry in the area to ensure employment opportunities for Dasuyas youth.
The deputy chief minister expressed confidence that after being elected,Sukhjit Kaur Shahi would convert her husbands dreams into reality as,he added,she was fully aware of the problems being faced by the people of the area. He also lashed out at the Congress,saying that the Opposition party was insensitive towards the problem of the people and hardly bothered about the development of the state.
Sukhjit on her part,appealed to the people of the constituency to ensure that she wins by a record margin and promised to meet all commitments made by her late husband.
In Jalandhar,meanwhile,Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal sought to allay doubts expressed by the Opposition,and said the state government was committed to conducting a free and fair election at Dasuya. He claimed that the state Congress leadership was unnecessarily making a hue and cry over the alleged interference of state government in the by-election.
On state Congress chief Amarinder Singhs demand for the deployment of Para military forces in Dasuya,Badal said he had no objections to the proposal. He,however,claimed that there was no need for it and accused the Congress leadership of habitually seeking Para military forces for the sake of publicity.
He also reminded the Congress leadership that they were badly trounced in the Assembly elections held early this year even when Para military forces were deployed here.
EVMs to be
used in bypoll
CHANDIGARH: The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Wednesday said Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) will be used for the Dasuya Assembly bypoll in Punjab on July 11. All voters will have to produce their Electoral Photo Identity Cards ,a spokesman of the Chief Election Office of Punjab said in a release here. Voters who do not have voter cards shall have to produce the Authenticated Photo Voter Slip issued by the election machinery for identification in the polling stations. The release further said those voters whose photographs are either not available in the authenticated photo voter slip or whose photos in the voter card does not match,can produce documents like passport,driving license,PAN card and service identity cards having photographs.
Bottle of contaminated water given to Dy CM
In Bodal village,where Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal addressed a rally on Wednesday afternoon,the women of the village reportedly brought a bottle of contaminated water to hand over to the deputy chief minister. The women say local SAD leaders took the bottle and promised to hand it over Sukhbir. The women were reportedly attempting to highlight the pitiable state of drinking water in their village.