Out of the 1,720 SGPC voters registered at Chief Minister’s Badal village, scores of voters are such who are actually ineligible to vote. The criteria for their registration has been different: some of them are old loyalists of the Badal family or just neighbours of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.
Shammi Kumar alias Shammi Singh smokes openly and is a potter. But just because he is a known Badal loyalist, he figures in the voter list at number 732 of ward number 42. Shammi is not the only one who will vote in Sunday’s elections. Around two dozen of his family members, too, will vote in favour of the Akali candidate on Sunday.
This is just one of the many cases that are under scan today. In some cases, the voters don’t even know that they figure in the list, while others just have `Singh’ and `Kaur’ added to their names for their benefit. For instance, Kalawanti has become Kalawanti Kaur and Bageecha Khan has become Bageecha Khan Singh. There are some 17 Hindu-sounding names in the SGPC voter list without ‘Singh’ or ‘Kaur’.
The Day and Night Team even identified 150 such voters who openly said they would vote fearlessly.
Reacting to the revelation of bogus votes, People Party of Punjab’s founder Manpreet Singh Badal said this was evidently pointing at dictatorshiop of those in command of the state.
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