The SAD has urged the Punjab Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) to review the decision to deny approval for posters of Sikh inmates’ release posters on Sangrur by-election hoardings and billboards.
ChandigarhPress Trust of India
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has urged the Punjab Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) on Saturday to review his decision to deny approval for Sikh prisoners’ release posters to be distributed on hoardings and billboards for the June 23 Sangrur Lok Sabha by-election.
Senior party leader Daljit Singh Cheema said that it was unfortunate that the Election Commission’s (EC) Media Certification and Oversight Committee rejected the SAD posters causing distress and unnecessary unrest.
Cheema said that SAD candidate Kamaldeep Kaur in the Sangrur by-election posters had appealed for the release of all “Bandi Veera” (Sikh prisoners).
Kaur is the sister of Balwant Singh Rajona, the perpetrator of the assassination of former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh.
“A sister has sought help from Punjabis for the release of detainees including her brother Rajona. That’s her right. It also covers the right to freedom of speech and expression, ”Cheema said.
The SAD leader, who said the Punjab CEO had “made a mistake” in denying permission to posters, said there was no question that the release of these posters would jeopardize the peace of the state.
“In the past, such posters were also used during the elections of the Akali leaders Simranjit Singh Mann and Atindrapal Singh in 1989,” he said.
Cheema said the SAD will continue to raise awareness about the rights of human rights voters and Sikh inmates.