Capt Accepts Opposition’s Demand of Paramilitary For Shahkot

[Chd,Pb]Capt Accepts Opposition’s Demand of Paramilitary For Shahkot
Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today said he had no objection to the opposition’s demand of deploying paramilitary forces for the Shahkot bypoll.
He said the presence of security personnel would thwart the Akalis’ attempts to take refuge in the “frivolous and fabricated” excuse of “misuse of official machinery” once they lose the bypoll ignominiously.
The chief minister’s reaction comes a day after the Akalis approached the Election Commission with a request to deploy paramilitary forces for a fair and peaceful bypoll.
The senior Congress leader also accused SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal of “brazenly” backing SHO Parminder Singh Bajwa, who was found by the poll panel to be unfit for duty.
Mehatpur SHO Parminder Singh Bajwa, who had booked the Congress’s Shahkot assembly bypoll candidate in an illegal sand mining case recently, was arrested by the Jalandhar police yesterday for allegedly assaulting and obstructing an on-duty government official.
The Congress nominee for the by-election, Hardev Singh Laddi Sherowalia, among others, was booked for alleged illegal sand mining in different villages of Jalandhar district.
The Election Commission had yesterday replaced Bajwa with Hardip Singh following complaints of being biased.
The by-poll to Shahkot Assembly will be held on May 28. The seat fell vacant following the death of the incumbent SAD MLA, Ajit Singh Kohar.