Patiala: In the wake of complaints of alleged arm twisting by local policemen of Congress candidates for the upcoming municipal elections here, Union minister Preneet Kaur on Monday led a delegation to lodge a protest with officials.

The delegation, comprising several Congress candidates and MLA of Patiala Rural Brahm Mohindra met district magistrate- cum-district election officer G K Singh and lodged a protest against the alleged pressure tactics being used by police to "intimidate party nominees."

The civic polls are scheduled to be held in Punjab later this month.     Preneet, who is Congress MP from Patiala, later told reporters that the Patiala police was threatening Congress candidates to withdraw from the contest in favour of candidates fielded by the ruling alliance.

She alleged that family members of the nominees are summoned to the police stations like criminals and told either to quit the Congress or face consequences.

However, when contacted, a senior police official trashed the allegations leveled by the Congress candidates. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had recently said his alliance does not believe in vendetta politics and asked the Congress leaders to come to him with proof rather than making false claims.


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