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Punjab: Newly-elected Phagwara MLA booked for model code violation

Dhaliwal had allegedly wrapped a scarf with the party symbol around his neck inside polling booth 184 where he cast his vote.

By: Express News Service | Jalandhar | Published: October 27, 2019 7:15:35 am
phagwara mla, Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal booked, Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal phagwara mla, Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal congress, phagwara bypolls, punjab bypolls, punjab news Dhaliwal had won from Phagwara seat by a margin of 26,116 votes. The by-election was necessitated after the seat fell vacant when MLA Som Parkash had won Lok Sabha election in May from Hoshiarpur. (File/Representational)

Two days after winning from Phagwara Assembly segment, Congress MLA Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal was booked Saturday for alleged violation of the Model Code of Conduct. Dhaliwal had allegedly wrapped a scarf with the party symbol around his neck inside polling booth 184 where he cast his vote.

A video of it had also surfaced on social media. Based on a complaint by BJP candidate Rajesh Bagha, the Election Commission had issued a notice to Dhaliwal and asked the returning officer to conduct an inquiry and send the report.

The returning officer sent the report to S Karuna Raju, Chief Election Officer (CEO) Punjab, following which a case was registered under Section 130 of the People’s Representation Act at Phagwara police station.

Dhaliwal had won from Phagwara seat by a margin of 26,116 votes. The by-election was necessitated after the seat fell vacant when MLA Som Parkash had won Lok Sabha election in May from Hoshiarpur.

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