Chaos was witnessed in deputy commissioner’s office Jammu, as former minister and BJP rebel Choudhary Lal Singh entered the chamber of returning officer to file his papers by-passing others in the queue.Witnesses said that Lal Singh arrived in the office and straightaway entered the office of the RO, while other candidate and their representatives were waiting for their turn.
They raised slogans against the deputy commissioner and police authorities who, they said, allowed Lal Singh to supersede others candidates.“This is injustice with other candidates who are sincerely waiting for their turn outside the chamber,” said Congress leader and proposer of party candidate Raman Bhalla.
Prof. Bhim Singh, contesting candidate of JKNPP, urged Chief Election Commissioner of India to intervene urgently to ensure that unwanted elements are not allowed to bulldoze office of the Returning Officer.
“The Returning Officer allowed independent candidate to bulldoze office by pushing out the senior candidates of recognized political parties at Jammu this afternoon at about 2.25 p.m,” Bhim Singh said, urging Election Commission of India for immediate intervention so that Returning Officer of Jammu acts according to the rules.
He also urged President of India, Ramnath Kovind, for his immediate intervention so that filing of nomination papers for the Lok Sabha elections are conducted according to the law of land “and not by goondaism of some favourites of J&K bureaucracy and police.” He also appealed Governor Satya Paul Malik to intervene so that election rules are not flouted.
Later, the deputy commissioner Jammu allowed all the candidates to sit in his chamber.