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Akalis violating poll code, says Congress leader

Special Correspondent

CHANDIGARH: Haryana Congress campaign committee chairman Venod Sharma, who is seeking re-election to the State Assembly from Ambala City, has accused the Akali leadership of Punjab of “brazenly violating the model code of conduct” in the constituency.

He told this correspondent on Saturday that several Punjab Ministers and other Akali leaders had hung their flags on government poles and were misusing Punjab Government vehicles complete with red lights and sirens.

He further charged that some leaders were even “misusing gurdwaras” for political functions which was also a violation of the code of conduct now in force for the elections. He said a formal complaint had been lodged with the election authorities.

The Akali Dal, which has entered into a seat-sharing arrangement with the Indian National Lok Dal, is contesting the Ambala City and Kalanwali seats in Haryana.