Pb Cong asks its rebels to support party candidates

The Punjab Congress asked its rebel candidates on Wednesday to support party's official candidates in the upcoming zila parishad and panchayat samiti elections, and warned them of "disciplinary action" for non-compliance.

Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Sunil Kumar Jakhar expressed confidence that the party would win Panchayti Raj elections with "huge margin" as he claimed "support of all the segments of society"

"The SAD, BJP and AAP are not seen anywhere in the electoral fray and people of Punjab had already rejected them," Jakhar said in a party release here.

Meanwhile, election symbols have been allotted to 855 candidates for 22 zila parishads and 6,028 candidates for 150 panchayat samitis in Punjab.

On the last day of withdrawal of nomination papers, 3,734 candidates withdrew their papers, out of which 446 candidates are for zila parishads and 3,288 candidates for panchayat samitis, an official spokesman for the State Election Commission said in a release here.

Thirty-three candidates of zila parishads and 369 candidates of panchayat samitis have been elected unopposed, he further said.

The spokesperson said that material related to the elections had been distributed and the printing process of ballot papers also started.

Elections to zila parishads and panchayat samitis will be held on September 19. The counting of votes will take place on September 22.

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