Chandigarh: The Election Commission on Tuesday said a “robust strategy” would be prepared to prevent distribution of drugs, liquor and cash in poll-bound Punjab, while asserting that the body has “strong will power” to deal with the menace.

“We will not allow anybody to influence the election process with the distribution of drugs, liquor and money. If anybody is found playing such a role, we can assure you that legal action will be taken against him,” Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi said at a press conference. “We have discussed several issues related with income tax, drug distribution etc with all enforcement agencies. We have asked the departments concerned to prepare a robust strategy by November 15. It will be activated before the code of conduct comes into play, so that we can contain their misuse to a large extent during elections.”

The official said Punjab Chief Secretary and DGP have been asked to ensure that no official connected with the election process, was under any external influence. He also warned of taking strict action if any official was found “biased”.         –PTI

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