As Punjab requests longer voting time in Sangrur, the EC sees red.

Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Manns sent the unusual note to Nirvachan Sadan . The call for extending polling time was made as the voter turnout was low .

NEW DELHI: The Election Commission has requested that the Punjab chief secretary's unwarranted request for a prorogation of time for the Sangrur parliamentary byelection, as well as new circumstances that may have arisen on Thursday afternoon, requiring such a request.The EC said the inquiry, which was first initiated at the level of the Sangrur returning officer, was intended to be an attempt at undue interference in the electoral process, and that a decision on disciplining the said officers would be made after their explanation was received by 1 pm on Friday.Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Manns sent him the unusual note to Nirvachan Sadan within minutes of his Twitter appeal to the European Council on the same lines, citing the preoccupation of residents with the paddy season and calls for the exercise of voting rights as per Ambedkar's Constitution.As of 7 p.m., the call for extending the polling time was made as the voter turnout was alarmingly low, only hovering around 37 percent.

The Sangrur byelection is the first electoral test since the AAP swept Punjab assembly elections a few months back.