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ZP polls: AAP demands CRPF deployment inside polling boots

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

Punjab's main opposition party Friday demanded deployment of CRPF personnel inside polling stations and the video recording inside them during the for the upcoming and elections, fearing "and rigging."

The Shromani Akali Dal too sought extension of date for filing the nomination for these polls, alleging that many of its candidates were prevented by the workers from filing it today, the last date for doing it.

In a letter to the State Election Commission, Aam Aadmi Party's unit sought "video recording of all the polling booths and deployment of the CRPF inside them" during

Singh made the demand, fearing "election rigging, and bogus voting" allegedly by the ruling

He alleged the ruling party has unleashed a vendetta against the Opposition and "was trying its best to stop the from taking part in these elections".

"The video recording of all the polling stations and polling booths must be undertaken on the polling day so that if any unscrupulous person tries to intimidate voters or indulge in or rigging the poll, his acts are caught on the camera," he wrote in the letter.

said the police are directly under the control of the ruling and "they will be misused by the ruling dispensation" during the elections.

Meanwhile, asked the Friday to extend the date for filing nomination papers for the and polls.

It was the last day today for filing the nomination papers.

Opposition has alleged that Akali workers were "forcibly" stopped from filing their papers for the and panchayat polls by the Congress.

Former said he had informed that no Akali candidate was allowed to file nomination papers in Zira, Makhu, Guruharsahai, Dera and Patti for either the zila parishad or elections.

"Strict disciplinary action including suspension, should be taken against all the officers who are acting as stooge of the Congress legislators", he added.

He alleged the nomination papers of Akali candidates were torn at many places.

He said the workers were not being given no-dues certificates at various places in the state.

Cheema said voter lists too had not reached some places and that too hindered the filing of nominations.

Elections to zila parishads and panchayat samitis in is slated to take place on September 19. September 7 was the last day for the filing of nominations.

The nomination papers will be scrutinised on September 10, while the date for withdrawal is September 11. The counting is to take place on September 22.

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First Published: Fri, September 07 2018. 23:10 IST