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.