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SAD joining hands with Dera will be last nail in their coffin: Dal Khalsa

SAD joining hands with Dera will be last nail in their coffin: Dal Khalsa
Dal Khalsa on Thursdaysaid electors will teach Shiromani Akali Dal a lesson for joining hands the "pseudo" Dera Sacha Sauda cult in February 4 polls.

"The Sikhs would not allow the Sirsa dera to do any sacrilege act or anti-gurmat satsang anywhere on the soil of Punjab. Sikhs will teach Akalis a lesson for hobnobbing with the anti-Sikh elements and also for deviating from the path of righteousness," Party president H S Cheema and spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh said. They claimed that the support that Akalis have sought from Sirsa dera in lieu of assurance to felicitate dera's satsang in Punjab was in total violation of the hukamnama issued by Five Takhat Jathedars on in May 2007.

Accusing deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal of allegedly conniving with dera Sirsa head Gurmeet Ram Rahim, they said the Badal family has ditched the Panth, which may proved to be the "final nail in the coffin".

They claimed that the pardon of Dera Sirsa chief by disgraced Jathedars in September 2016 was engineered by Sukhbir under a secret deal, which was "politically managed" move.

EC issues prohibition protocol for 48 hours before Punjab poll

The Election Commission on Thursdayissued extensive guidelines to ensure prohibitions during the period of 48 hours beginning 5 PM on Thursdayuntil the conclusion of assembly polls on February 4 in Punjab.

The guidelines were issued to the District Election Officers in accordance with the provisions enacted in the Section 126 Representation of Peoples' Act 1951, an election office spokesman said here.

As per the guidelines, the ongoing campaigning in all assembly constituencies and Amritsar Lok Sabha by-poll would come to an end 48 hours prior to the polling date.

Subsequently, all the political leaders, functionaries or Party workers who are not the registered voters will have to vacate the constituency within this period. Necessary guidelines have been issued to the police and civil administration to ensure that the outsiders leave immediately.

All the political parties have also been briefed on this so that the EC directive could be followed, he said.

It has directed the election and police administration to keep a close check on the community centres, guest houses and lodges so that the outsiders, if any, could be kept housed without causing any disturbance during the electoral process. The identity cards of those who stay there in the constituency would also be checked, the official said.

The administration has been asked to ensure all those who have been under security cover could remain there in the constituency, in which they are the registered voters, till the poll day.
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