LAHORE – Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khosa on Wednesday alleged that the Punjab government seemed to have chalked out a plan to use Rs300 billion originally apportioned for local governments to rig the upcoming elections..

Talking to the media after the inauguration of the Behavioural Sciences Research Centre at Model Town, the governor said these funds were lying unutilised in the exchequer for the past four years and there was likelihood that they would be used for election purposes by the PML-N.

Answering a question, the governor said he had not yet received any reply from Punjab chief minister regarding the letter to hold local elections, which, he said, should be held at the earliest.

“Local polls are vital for the survival and continuation of democracy. The sooner they are held, the better for democracy,” observed Khosa, adding that the Punjab government’s attitude in this regard was undemocratic.

Answering another question, the governor said local polls would not create any hindrance in the way of general elections, which, he said, would be held on time. He said the government would use all means to make the electoral process transparent.

Speaking on the interim set up, Khosa said it would be put in place after consultation with all political parties. It would be headed by impartial people who would not exercise their influence in any electoral constituency, he added. Responding to a question, he alleged that the Punjab government was showing slackness in solving the problems of young doctors.