Poll panel satisfied with security arrangements in Punjab

May 2nd, 2009 - 10:27 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, May 2 (IANS) Chief Election Commissioner Navin Chawla Saturday said he was completely satisfied with security arrangements in Punjab even as the opposition Congress sought central forces for the Bathinda constituency.
“Every fight in Punjab is a big fight, including Bathinda. I am completely satisfied with the security arrangements in Punjab,” Chawla told mediapersons here Saturday.

The Congress had sought central forces for the entire Bathinda Lok Sabha constituency expressing fears that the ruling Akali Dal could resort to violence and booth capturing in view of the high stakes in the election on this seat.

Chawla ruled out stationing central forces in the entire constituency.

Harsimrat Kaur, the wife of Akali Dal president and Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal, is locked in a direct contest with the Congress’ Raninder Singh, son of former chief minister Amarinder Singh.

Polling for this seat will be held Thursday, when balloting will also take place in three other seats, Patiala, Sangrur and Ferozepur.

The remaining nine parliamentary seats go to polls May 13.

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