Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday led a delegation of party MPs and MLAs to meet Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Naseem Zaidi with the demand for the imposition of President’s Rule in Punjab to ensure free and fair elections.
With elections to the state assembly due early next year, Amarinder sought the Election Commission’s early intervention to prevent further vitiation of the political, administrative and law and order environment in the state.
The Congress team urged the Election Commission to hold the Punjab assembly polls in a single phase to prevent the Akali government in the state from using any additional time to further misuse their authority.
If they (the Akalis) are allowed to continue with their uninhibited control over the state’s administration till the completion of the polls, they will not only plunge the state into further lawlessness but will misuse the SGPC to control their black money into white, Amarinder said.
Alleging that the Akalis were planning to sell off all Punjab water to make money for themselves, Amarinder said if allowed to be built, the SYL canal will deprive the people of the Malwa region even of potable water.