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No objection to deployment of paramilitary forces for Shahkot bypoll: Punjab CM

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

today said he had no objection to the opposition's demand of deploying paramilitary forces for the 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 with a request to deploy paramilitary forces for a fair and peaceful bypoll.

Singh said it was ironical that the Akalis, who had "abused" all the during their own regime, were now running to the poll panel to seek deployment of forces to ensure peaceful polls.

The senior also accused of "brazenly" backing SHO Parminder Singh Bajwa, who was found by the poll panel to be unfit for duty.

He said Badal was part of the Akali campaign to "malign" the Congress-led state government ahead of the bypoll.

Mehatpur SHO Parminder Singh Bajwa, who had booked the Congress's assembly bypoll candidate in an recently, was arrested by the police yesterday for allegedly assaulting and obstructing an on-duty

The nominee for the by-election, Hardev Singh Laddi Sherowalia, among others, was booked for in different villages of district.

The had yesterday replaced Bajwa with Hardip Singh following complaints of being biased.

The by-poll to Assembly will be held on May 28. The seat fell vacant following the death of the incumbent MLA,

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First Published: Sat, May 12 2018. 16:30 IST