A joint SAD-BJP delegation today requested Punjab Governor V P Singh Badnore to direct institution of a judicial inquiry into the politico-administration-election observer nexus which had throttled democracy in elections to the municipal bodies in Punjab by working to further the cause of the Congress party.The delegation, which was led by SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal and State BJP chief Vijay Sampla, said this nexus had conspired and worked in tandem to harass SAD-BJP candidates at every stage of the election process including denying them no objection certificates and even refusing to accept their nomination papers. The delegation members told the Governor that they were approaching him because representations to the State Election Commission did not bear fruit and elections were not countermanded at four places which witnessed widespread violence including shooting at Akali workers besides physical assaults as well as tearing up of nomination papers.Mr Badal also urged the Governor to direct the Congress government to requisition para-military forces to conduct the forthcoming elections to municipal bodies. He said there was no possibility of a free and fair election in the present circumstances. “An atmosphere of fear has been created in the minds of people and there is likelihood of mass scale rigging and violence against SAD-BJP workers. In such a situation only para-military forces can ensure conduct of free and fair elections”, he added.