Chandīgarh | Jagran Press Office: In a massive setback for the Sanyukt Samaj Morcha (SSM), the Election Commission of India (ECI) refused to recognize it as a political party, forcing its candidates to stand in the upcoming Punjab assembly elections in as independents, according to a report by Daïnik Jagran.
The SSM, which presented candidates for 104 seats, had demanded a symbol of a tractor or a cart which was rejected by the higher polling body. He made Balbir Singh Rajewal his chief ministerial candidate.
The SSM is a political front of several farmer groups who had participated in a year-long protest at Delhi’s borders against the Centre’s controversial farm laws, which have now been withdrawn.
Questioning the EC decision, the SSM blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Earlier, he had accused the BJP and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) of being “hand in hand” against him.
Rajewal had alleged that the BJP and the electoral commission were “playing a game”, saying his team responded quickly to the objections of the polling committee to the request for the allocation of the party symbol.
The farmers’ leader alleged that the voting committee never answered “yes or no” to their request, due to which they could not “go to court” for redress of their grievance.
“As Chairman of SSM, I wrote a letter to the Election Commission of India through the State Poll Panel, which was forwarded but no response was given,” he said. he declared.
He alleged that the jury was “under pressure”. “Either they want to help the BJP or Kejriwal,” he alleged.
Voting for the 117 seats in the Punjab Assembly will take place on February 20 and counting will take place on March 10.