The Punjab State Election Commission (SEC) has countermanded election of five wards in a Kapurthala village after the ward sequence was changed midway of the gram panchayat election process,the Congress said on Monday.
According to the notification of wardbandi,ward number one of Mansoorwal Bet village was reserved for SC,two and three for women and four and five for general.
However,the ward sequence was changed by the DC vide a corrigendum dated June 28. The SC ward was changed to ward number two,wards for women to four and five general wards were changed to one and three. The said change has been made in an illegal,arbitrary and malafide manner under the pressure of the local MLA from Bholath belonging to the ruling party, the state Congress said in a complaint to the SEC.
It added that the nomination of Congress candidates Joga Singh was rejected on the ground that the said ward was reserved for women and not SCs and that of Gurpreet Singh for the ward being reserved for women and not general category.
Now,all those belonging to the SAD are contesting for the posts of panchs. The concerned authorities,including the Kapurthala deputy commissioner,have no authority,power or jurisdiction to create discrepancy in the sequence of wards in the wardbandi notification and the voter list,and then in rejecting the nomination papers of the applicants in a totally illegal and arbitrary manner, party spokesman Sukhpal Khaira told mediapersons.