They may have had no powers to take note of and stop the alleged irregularities and partisan activities committed during the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) elections, but the Election Commission of India has definitely been alarmed by what happened during the gurdwara polls recently.
That’s why, in a major snub to the state government, chief election commissioner S Y Quraishi told the administrative heads – the deputy commissioners and the divisional commissioner – on Saturday at Ludhiana that they knew “what exactly happened in Punjab during the SGPC elections and you dare not repeat this again.”
At the same time, the recently retired DGP, P S Gill, who has now been appointed home adviser, also remains under Election Commission of India (ECI) scanner. “Even if he has retired, we have not taken our eyes off him,” Quraishi said.
Quraishi told media here that the deputy commissioner Moga had been given strict instructions to observe movements of Gill and ensure that he does not try to take any advantage of decisions taken earlier by him in Moga district.