Controversial SGPC Poll Irregularities: Report Sought

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1947-2014 (Archived)
Jun 17, 2004
SGPC poll irregularities: report sought

PTI Kapurthala (Pun), Aug 19 (PTI) Gurdwara Elections Chief Commissioner H S Brar has sought a report from Kapurthala district administration on the alleged irregularities in enrollment of non-Sikh voters for upcoming Shiromani Gurudwara Parbhandhak Committee (SGPC) polls. Deputy Commissioner Raj Kamal Chaudhary today said Brar sought the report from the administration, regarding charges of irregularities in enrollment of 'Patit' Sikh voters at Begowal and Bhadas villages falling under the Bholath assembly constituency, within two days. Chaudhry said he has directed Bholath SDM Ranjit Kaur, the revising authority, to conduct door-to-door survey and submit the report immediately for forwarding it to the Sikh Gurudwara Election Commission. Brar ordered an inquiry into the complaint of Mohan Singh Bal, the candidate of Panthic Morcha for Bholath SGPC seat who is contesting against SAD candidate Bibi Jagir Kaur. Bal, in his complaint to the commission, had alleged that revenue officials took 3721 forms from Begowal village alone for enrolment as Sikh voters when there are 50 per cent non sikh voters or 'Patit Sikhs' in the village. Similarly in Bhadas village, out of 1500 eligible voters, the revenue officials collected forms from 1470 persons as Sikh voters. He alleged that there were 500 Hindus in the village and more than 500 villagers of Bhadas had gone abroad. The complainant alleged that administration collected more than 62,000 forms for enrolment as Sikh voters in Bholath assembly constituency which was the highest number of sikh voters in the state.

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