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AAP, Patiala Administration Lock Horns Over Live Feed of CCTV Footage of EVM Strongroom

February 10, 2017 | By

Patiala: As per the media reports emanating from Patiala the Aam Aadmi Party’s candidate Balbir Singh from the district and the district authorities have locked horns over installing CCTV cameras in the strong room set up at the Government Polytechnic for Women. Balbir Singh said that he had urged the district administration on Wednesday to provide the party with live feed of the CCTV cameras that had been put up in the room but the authorities are yet to consider his request.

AAP’s candidate Balbir Singh (L) with party activists outside the Government Polytechnic College for Girls in Patiala on Thursday. A Tribune photo

Though AAP volunteers have already parked a van outside the college for the last few days and are guarding the electronic voting machines (EVMs) round-the-clock in shifts, Balbir Singh stated that he had urged the authorities to provide him live feed of the CCTV cameras installed in the strong room so that he could keep a proper round the clock  track of every activity inside the room.

Nevertheless, he alleged that Patiala SDM Pooja Syal was unnecessarily delaying the issue on one pretext or the other which had raised suspicion among the party volunteers.

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“When Capt Amarinder Singh can put his own lock on the strong room in Lambi to guard the EVMs, why can’t the authorities provide us live feed is beyond my understanding. Moreover, the feed is already being provided in different Assembly segments so such delay certainly leads to discontent,”said Balbir Singh while interacting with the media.


The SDM on this issue stated that  Balbir Singh wanted to install his own CCTV camera which she could not allow. “A monitor is available in the room next to the strong room and we have left it open so that anyone who wants to see the live feed can go inside but I can’t permit him to install his own CCTV camera. I have offered him to provide live feed that he can use on his monitor but he wants his own CCTV. How can we permit anyone to install his own CCTV cameras?” she adds.

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