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Violent colours of democracy: Now, AAP Patiala candidate ‘attacked by SAD aides’

Violent colours of democracy: Now, AAP Patiala candidate ‘attacked by SAD aides’
Gandhi sustained injuries on his mouth when his car was attacked with stones, in which the window panes were also broken. Photographs of an injured Dr Gandhi have already been posted on social media.

The AAP demands that the Election Commission should direct the concerned authorities to take strict action against those responsible for unleashing violence to disrupt free and fair elections. Goons belonging to the ruling combine in the state cannot be allowed to terrorise their political opponents.

This is not an isolated incident. The AAP candidate from Nainital and noted poet Balli Singh Cheema was sent to jail for merely using two loudspeakers on his vehicle. Such incidents are increasingly raising doubts on the effectiveness and impartiality of election related laws.

Can a candidate in the thick of campaigning be sent to judicial custody for using one loudspeaker more. It is shocking that leaders of political parties who gave hate speeches were let off with mere warnings and a candidate who did not commit any offence is languishing in jail. The AAP demands unconditional release of Cheema, so that he is allowed to resume his campaigning with little time left now.

Gandhi, who is locked in a battle against Congress’ Preneet Kaur and SAD’s Deepinder Dhillon, was allegedly attacked with sharp-edged weapons. Following attack, Gandhi sat on a dharna along with party supporters. Meanwhile, Congress MLA Brahm Mohindra condemned the attack on Gandhi.
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