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Wheat MSP should be Rs 900: CPI
Chandigarh, February 7
The Communist Party of India (CPI) today slammed the Congress government in Punjab for “agrarian distress, failure of industry and burgeoning unemployment”. It criticised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh saying “he was spreading the bogey of revival of terrorism in Punjab to create fear in the minds of Hindus”.

PM remarks on terror uncalled for: Advani
Ropar, February 7
Claiming that there was a strong anti-incumbency factor in the state, a senior BJP leader and former Deputy Prime Minister, Mr L.K. Advani, remained mostly confined to national issues while addressing rallies at Ropar and Nangal here today.

The BJP leader and former Deputy Prime Minister, Mr L.K. Advani, at a rally in Ropar The BJP leader and former Deputy Prime Minister, Mr L.K. Advani, at a rally in Ropar on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph



President of the BJP Rajnath Singh is welcomed at Pathankot Congress playing caste politics: Rajnath
Sujanpur (Gurdaspur), February 7
The BJP president, Mr Rajnath Singh, today accused the Congress of trying to play caste and religion politics, stating that it was trying to divide the country once again by proposing reservation in jobs for Muslims despite the fact that reservation on the basis of religion was against the spirit of the Constitution.
President of the BJP Rajnath Singh is welcomed at Pathankot. — A Tribune photograph

Securitymen hold a flag march in Ferozepore
Securitymen hold a flag march in Ferozepore on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

BJP a poor photocopy of Congress: Uma
Jalandhar, February 7
Dubbing the BJP as a "poor photocopy of the Congress", Bharatiya Janashakti Party chief Uma Bharti has asserted that "nobody will be allowed to build a mosque in India in the name of a foreign invader like Babar".

Warrants against Dimpa’s brother
Amritsar, February7
The ruling Congress received a major setback today when the Special Investigation team issued warrants of arrest against Mr Harpinder Singh, alias Rajan ,younger brother of Mr Jasbir Singh Dimpa, Congress nominee for the Beas Assembly constituency.

Harbhajan Singh Didn’t campaign, says Bhajji
Jalandhar, February 7
“Neither did I ever campaign for Congress candidate from Jalandhar (Central) Tejinder Bittu, nor I went door to door seeking votes for him”. This is the reply of cricketer Harbhajan Singh to the Election Commission. Meanwhile, the commission has deputed Mr Sukhwinder Pal Singh Marar, Additional Deputy Commissioner, to inquire into the controversy.

Jaitley targets Manmohan, Amarinder
Abohar, February 7
The BJP secretary and in charge of party campaign in Punjab, Mr Arun Jaitley, has said that empty chairs and non-responsive audience at the election rally of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at Patiala yesterday were indicative of the election trends in Punjab.


SAD-BJP upbeat in Garhdiwala
Garhdiwala, February 7
The Garhdiwala (SC) Assembly segment that was keeping candidates guessing about their prospects has begun to throw up clearer indicators.

Arhtiyas back Kanwaljit
Dera Bassi, February 7
The anti-industry and anti-trader policies of the Congress have forced the industry to migrate from Punjab. This was stated by Capt Kanwaljit Singh, SAD candidate from Banur, at a public rally at Lalru Mandi today.

Support for SAD-BJP combine
Patiala, February 7
An emergency meeting of the All-India Bahawalpur Ekta Samaj was held here today under the chairmanship of Mr Prem Mehta, which was attended by Mr Madan Lal, Mr Mahesh Nagpal and other representatives from Rajpura, Samana and Dakala.

Mill misery for SAD-BJP
Mansa/Budhlada, February 7
Two closed mills in Mansa district may spin out misery for the SAD-BJP candidates in the four Assembly constituencies.

Cong violating law on poll expenses: BJP
New Delhi, February 7
The Bharatiya Janata Party today drew the Election Commission's attention to violation of Section 77 of the People’s Representation Act by the Congress and asked the commission to initiate action against the party.

It’s between Congress and BJP in Nangal
Nangal, February 7
It’s a direct contest between Chief Minister’s confidant and sitting Congress MLA K.P.S Rana and BJP stalwart Maddan Mohan Mittal in this Assembly segment of Ropar district. Flags of both parties fluttering on rooftops of houses and shops suggest a keen contest between the two parties.

Virbhadra campaigns in border seats
Gurdaspur, February 7
The Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Mr Virbhadra Singh, today rallied in favour of Congress candidates in border constituencies of the district.

Preneet Kaur warns Congress rebel
Rajpura, February 7
Ms Preneet Kaur, wife of Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has warned Mr Madan Lal, a Congress worker who is contending election from Ghanaur Assembly constituency as a rebel, that necessary action would be taken against him at the party level.

Mehraj, ancestral village of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, has seen unprecedented development in the last five years Mehraj can’t forget Raja’s meharbani
Mehraj (Bathinda), February 7
Delighted over the performance of the son of their soil on the development front, residents of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s ancestral village of Mehraj are praying for his return to power.

Mehraj, ancestral village of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, has seen unprecedented development in the last five years. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

Congress candidate’s son booked
Mansa, February 7
The Mansa police today booked Mr Vikram Singh Mofar, son of Congress candidate Ajit Singh Mofar, from the Sardulgarh Assembly constituency, his gunman Balbir Singh and Mr Rajesh Garg, vice-chairman, Market Committee, here, for their involvement in a firing incident at Jhuneer village late last night.

Vote against capitalist parties: Pandhi
Amritsar, February 7
The Politburo member of the CPI (M), Mr M.K. Pandhi, today said the ruling Congress and the SAD both are trying to woo votes on false promises. He said if the Congress government wanted to provide subsidised foodgrain why did it not do so in the last five years.

Cong, SAD have failed to check corruption: MP
The CPM candidate, Mr Inderjit Singh Bhagrana, and Mr Mohammed Salim, MP and member, central committee, and Mr Balwant Singh, state president, CPM, at an election rally in Rajpura Rajpura, February 7
Mr Mohammad Salim, MP and member of the Central committee of the CPM, said the SAD-BJP alliance and the Congress had failed to control unemployment and corruption in the state.

The CPM candidate, Mr Inderjit Singh Bhagrana, and Mr Mohammed Salim, MP and member, central committee, and Mr Balwant Singh, state president, CPM, at an election rally in Rajpura on Wednesday. Photo: J.S. Virdi

Mohan Singh Phallianwallan BSP could be decisive factor
Guru Har Sahai (Ferozepore), February 7
Mr Mohan Singh Phallianwallan goes about his campaign with a smile on his face. There is no cavalcade of vehicles accompanying him. On reaching a village or a hamlet, he alights from his vehicle and walks through dusty bylanes meeting people and patting cattle on his way. Men folk of all ages hug him while women fold their hands in respect.
Mohan Singh Phallianwallan

Wide open in Dhuri
Dhuri (Sangrur), February 7
The contest here is wide open. Anybody could be the winner. The SAD and Congress are both talking of development, which seems to be the key issue here.

Respite to voters sans photo cards
Chandigarh, February 7
The Election Commission today clarified that all voters who had been issued electoral pictoral identity cards (EPICs) would have to produce these to exercise franchise in the Assembly elections as well as the bye-election for the Amritsar parliamentary constituency.

Purvanchalis count in 4 dists
Jalandhar, February 7
Come elections, parties start wooing over 15 lakh migrant labourers from Uttar Pradesh. A majority of them live in the districts of Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar and Patiala.

Ex-Sarpanch’s death due to liquor at poll rally?
Mohali, February 7
A former Sarpanch of Bhagomajra village, near Kharar, died last night allegedly after consuming liquor at an election rally even though the police and the hospital authorities have denied allegations attributing his death to the consumption of liquor.

Authorities tighten noose
Put up nakas to curb liquor smuggling
Mohali, February 7
Reacting to the allegations by candidates contesting the Punjab Assembly elections that liquor was being served at poll rallies, the district administration has taken stringent measures.

A candidate of the SAD (1920) is weighed against ladoos at Daomajra village near Kharar Coins make way for ladoos
Chandigarh, February 7
Coins are passe. Voters and supporters of candidates are now latching on to newer options while showcasing their support to their leaders. So out go good-old coins and in come “ladoos”, other sweets and, strange but true, blood.

A candidate of the SAD (1920) is weighed against ladoos at Daomajra village near Kharar on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

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Ugrahan taken in custody
Sangrur, February 7
Mr Joginder Singh Ugrahan, state president of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta-Ugrahan), was today arrested by the Sunam police under Sections 107 and 151 of the CrPC. He has reportedly been taken in custody in connection with the call, given by the farmer organisations to enter the 321 acres (acquired by the Punjab Government for the Trident Group in Fatehgarh Chhanna and Dhaula villages, near Barnala) on February 9.

Protest held as 3 youths jailed
Sangrur, February 7
A large number of youths this evening blocked vehicular traffic at the traffic lights chowk, near main bus stand, here for an hour in protest by alleging that the local SDM had denied bail to three youths. These youths had reportedly produced themselves before the SDM to get bail under Section 107 and 151 of the CrPC. However the SDM sent them to judicial lock up.

Freedom fighter cremated
Hoshiarpur, February 7
Freedom fighter Natha Singh was cremated with honours at his village, Rajpur Gehot in Hoshiarpur district, yesterday. He died in Ludhiana on Monday after a prolonged illness.


Chief Justice lays stone of judicial complex
Malerkotla, February 7
The Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Mr Vijender Jain, today laid the foundation stone of a judicial courts complex on Quila Road here today and declared that judiciary was taking all major steps to provide speedy justice to all sections of society.


Rs 1.14-cr Markfed fraud detected
Moga, February 7
The police has booked two field officers of Markfed after embezzlement worth Rs 1.14 crore was detected in the district branch of the government undertaking.

Duo held for kidnapping
Patiala, February 7
In a major success, the Patiala police today claimed to have arrested two persons for allegedly abducting a minor girl near Nial College in Patran here. Jagsir Singh and Kuldip Singh, both residents of Patran, were arrested from near Nial College by a police party led by SP S.K. Asthana and SP J.S. Kahlon.


Students given tips on Gurmat sangeet
Patiala, February 7
To create a balance between academics and religious tradition of Gurmat sangeet, a two-day Gurmat Sangeet Sammelan concluded at Gurudwara Sahib of Punjabi University today. The theme of this sammelan, which was organised by Gurmat Sangeet, Department of Punjabi University, was "Gurbani Path Bodh".


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