aap: Serious Congressional Government Efforts to Manipulate Voting Process, AAP Says | Ludhiana News


LUDHIANA: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) alleged on Saturday that the Punjab government was using the strike by the BDPO (Block and Panchayat Development Agents) and DDPO (District and Panchayat Development Agents) to “manipulate and illegally” appoint junior officers who can then be used to influence the polling process.
Speaking to the media here on Saturday, AAP Ludhiana Lok Sabha in charge Amandeep Singh Mohi and Punjab spokesman Ahaab Singh Grewal claimed that a serious effort is being made by the Congressional government to illegally appoint incompetent junior officers who will be accountable to the government and make their offers during the elections. The AAP called on the electoral commission to take note of this “gravity of the illegality and to attempt to interfere” in the process of the next elections in the state.
“The officers’ just demand to restore their 1993 pay scales has been used and deliberately dragged out for 6 months to be forced to strike, thus giving the Congressional government a chance to appoint their own staff instead,” they said. .
Mohi and Grewal further “developed” how this plan was executed by the government under the guise of penalizing striking officers.
They alleged that the Congressional government took action, including that 58 of the strikers were transferred, the majority of them to head office to sideline them, and that the strikers were penalized in various ways.
The AAP chief alleged that a district CDA development was penalized by being denied promotion for daring to stand up, while two other officers in the rank of deputy director were promoted for having towed the government line. They further alleged that after openly threatening the strikers, a DDPO from one district leading the strike was punished and sent to another district.
Mohi and Grewal alleged that the president of the BDPO association who is 7 months pregnant was sent back to Fazilka. They added that in an “attempt to influence” large-scale polls, “irregularities were committed”.
The AAP chief said eight panchayat officers were “illegally appointed” as BDPO in violation of Panchayati Raj law.
“Also to put things in perspective the extent of the manipulation, out of the 150 odd BDPO in the Punjab 50 plus Junior Gram Sewaks, the Panchayat agents, the sepos, the accountants, the bookkeepers who could never have become BDPO have illegally promoted in violation of the principle of seniority and the rules and thus making them accountable to the congressional government and therefore by assigning them to such crucial positions at this critical stage just before the elections, the government is making a blatant attempt to “Assign flexible officers to key positions across Punjab. And other appointments and illegal transfers are underway,” the leaders said.


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