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Punjab polls: Akali Dal leaders luring voters with money, alleges Amarinder Singh

India TV Politics Desk Amritsar 03 Feb 2017, 18:37:55 IST
India TV Politics Desk

A day ahead of state Assembly polls, Punjab Congress President Amarinder Singh accused Akal Dal leaders of luring voters with money.

A spokesman of Amarinder Singh said that local Congress leaders have  complained to Punjab Congress chief regarding  distribution of money by Vicky Middhukhera, cousin of Sukhbir Badal's close aide, Tejinder Singh Middhukhera, on Thursday night.

"In Hakkuwal village, there were some tense moments as the local Congress leaders complained to Captain Amarinder of distribution of money by Vicky Middhukhera, cousin of Sukhbir Badal's close aide, Tejinder Singh Middhukhera, on Thursday night," he  said. 

"Vicky, who was caught in the act by the villagers, also threatened them with dire consequences if they did not vote for (Parkash Singh) Badal. The villagers then called the local Congress leaders. Though Vicky and his goondas fled, the locals seized his car," the spokesperson added.

Amarinder, who is challenging Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in the latter's traditional Lambi assembly constituency, told media on Friday that Akali Dal leaders were trying to lure voters with money.

The former Chief Minister, who campaigned in Lambi on Friday, said that voters in the constituency were fed up with the Akali Dal and gave him an overwhelming response.

"I will not spare any of them. I will throw them all in jail," Amarinder told the villagers after they complained that Akali leaders were threatening them.

Badal has been the legislator from Lambi since 1997.

Voting for Punjab assembly's all 117 seats will be held on Saturday (February 4).

The main contenders in the fray are the Akali Dal-BJP combine, the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

(With PTI inputs)