"If police and administration officers can get a candidate contesting polls win or lose then Sonia could have got security deposits of several candidates forfeited," he said in reply to query that Election Commission is set to remove incumbent Saini.
    
Referring to a series of complaints marked to the Election Commission by the Congress against some police and administration officers, he said that the party was creating a "phobia" that officers indulge in favouritism.
    
"Police or administration officers cannot make a candidate win or lose polls," he said.
    
On recent replacement of three Deputy Commissioners, one Commissioner of Police and four Senior Superintendent of Police (SSPs) by the Election Commission, he said, "Congress is using all tactics and sending complaints is one of its ploy to show the public that they got replaced one officer or the other."
    
He said the Congress is using "false propaganda" to browbeat officers and Akali Dal and BJP in the state.
    
When his attention was drawn that  during the 2007 assembly polls the then DGP SS Virk, considered to be close to Amarinder Singh, was replaced by the Election Commission on SAD complaint, Sukhbir said that there were allegations of serious nature against Virk.

"Virk was working like an election agent of the Congress," he added.
    
Commenting on allegations of snooping leveled against Saini by People’s Party of Punjab (PPP) supremo Manpreet Singh Badal, who is contesting against sitting SAD MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal from Bathinda seat, Sukhbir said there was no truth in such reports.
    
The 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab are going to polls on April 30.

(Agencies)

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