Congress wants central forces

State Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday sought deployment of central security forces in Moga for the bypoll period starting from the day of filing of nominations till the day of counting of votes.

"We will be writing to the Election Commission of India that the central security forces should not be deployed just for the purpose of polling, but the entire period of the election process. The police in Punjab are under tremendous pressure and demoralised by the arm-twisting method of the Akalis. Hence, it might not be possible for them to act in a fair and impartial manner," Amarinder said.

He added: "An ASI was killed in Amritsar just because he objected to a SAD leader eve-teasing his daughter and an AIG's legs was broken by the vice-president of the Youth Akali Dal in Ludhiana. Everyday, with lower rung police officers like SHOs being humiliated by Akalis leaders and their kin, it is very difficult to expect them not to submit to the SAD diktats."

The SAD, while reacting to the demand, said that by demanding deployment of central forces without any rationale, Amarinder had virtually conceded defeat in Moga, even before the start of the election. "The demand is illogical and uncalled for. Amarinder should explain his defeat in the DSGMC election, where Union Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur and Amarinder had campaigned for Sarna brothers. Delhi had a Congress government and the police under the Union Home Ministry, still Amarinder and Sarna brothers had to bite the dust," SAD spokesman Daljit Singh Cheema said

Amarinder reiterated on Wednesday that CDs containing Majithia's expletives will be showcased across Moga. "We will screen the CDs at all campaign spots. Akalis do not have a single issue on which they can claim votes," he added.

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