Reacting to the memorandum submitted by the state Congress to the State Election Commission alleging violation of model code of conduct,the SAD on Thursday asked what was wrong in villagers taking a pledge.
Referring to the pledge taken by the residents of Muhal Nangal village in Gurdaspur districts Dera Baba Nanak block on June 18,SAD secretary and spokesman Daljit Singh Cheema said: After choosing Gurmeet Singh as their unanimous candidate for sarpanch,the voters of different religions signed a pledge to remain committed to their party.
The Congress alleging gross irregularity in panchayat polls is highly undemocratic,baseless and indicative of its intellectual bankruptcy. As per the photograph and the documents released by the Congress,members of both Christian and Sikh communities were peforming ardas inside the gurdwara while taking the pledge. What can be a better example of secularism than this where people of different religions are performing prayers inside a gurdwara? he asked.
Cheema further said: The model code of conduct for panchayat elections was enforced from June 19,so where is the illegality in signing such a pledge on June 18?
On charges against former SAD minister Sucha Singh Langah that he advised the gathering to elect the candidates unanimously,Cheema said: Langah has acted in a way in which every political leader should do to encourage maximum number of unanimous elections,which are favourable for the peace and accelerated development of the villages.
On fails to understand the mindset of the Congress that instead of following the good traditions of encouraging unanimous elections,why they are pursuing divisive agenda? The remarks that the posts of sarpanch and panchs in villages are being hotly contested owing to funds at the disposal of panchayats is highly deplorable,provocative and aimed at labelling all the contestants as greedy and corrupt, he said while demanding an unconditional apology from the Congress for such remarks.