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Election of SAD-BJP MPs challenged

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Published on July 04, 2014 with No Comments


The election of all six SAD-BJP Members of Parliament , including that of Union Minister Harsimrat Badal, has been challenged in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

In separate petitions, directions have been sought for setting aside the election of Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Vinod Khanna, SS Ghubaya, Vijay Sampla, RS Brahmpura and PS Chandumajra for corrupt poll practices. The petitions have been filed before the election branch, which will place these before the appropriate Bench.

Challenging Harsimrat’s election from Bathinda, Navjot Singh of  Muktsar argued that she was liable to be disqualified under the People’s Representation Act. He said: “PTC News and Fastway Cable TV Network ran the election campaign of the Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP candidates in Punjab in general and that of Harsimrat Kaur Badal in particular.

“Right from the day of filing nomination papers, the returned candidate-respondent was projected as a messiah for the Bathinda parliamentary constituency.  The programmes and even news were specially designed and telecast to further the election prospects of the returned candidate”. He alleged that Harsimrat had “got” election advertisements telecast on TV channels “using the sacred religious symbols of the Sikh religion”. The “symbol” of the national flag too was used to woo the voters.


Seeking the setting aside of his election from the Hoshiarpur (SC) constituency on the BJP ticket, voter Inderpal Singh claimed he too had got election advertisements telecast on TV channels “using sacred religious symbols of the Sikh religion.” He argued that the prescribed expenditure limit was Rs 70 lakh. “However, the returned candidate had spent Rs 74, 07,193. Therefore, his election is liable to be set aside”.


Vinod Khanna’s election from Gurdaspur has been challenged by Neeraj Salhotra . “He has shown only Rs 3, 03,063 as election expenses on a rally and deliberately concealed the remaining amount of Rs 20, 16,137 spent by him,” a daily from Chandigarh quoted Salhotra as saying.







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