Members of the Swaraj Lehar during a convention in Chandigarh on Sunday. A Tribune photo 29 May 2016 | 6:28 PM
CHANDIGARH: The Swaraj Lehar launched a political party — the Swaraj Party — in Punjab at a convention held here on Sunday. The organisation was a movement started by Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, who were expelled by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) following differences with the party convenor, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.[ + read story ]
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, May 29
The Swaraj Lehar launched a political party — the Swaraj Party — in Punjab at a convention held here on Sunday.
The organisation was a movement started by Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, who were expelled by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) following differences with the party convenor, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Several members of the Swaraj Lehar attended the convention, which saw several resolutions, including one on forming a political party, pass.
However, neither Yadav nor Bhushan attended Sunday’s convention.
Though two of AAP’s rebel Parliamentarians — Dharamvir Gandhi from Patiala and Harinder Singh Khalsa from Fatehgarh Sahib — have expressed solidarity with the new political party, they are yet to join it.
Former Panjab University professor Manjit Singh will lead the party in Punjab.
Singh said the party would focus on “fighting for free education, free health and medical services, a debt free rural Punjab, expansion of MGNREGA and its extension to urban Punjab, and universal employment” and would push for implementing principles of riparian water rights for equitable distribution of river waters of Punjab.
A state working committee of 41 members has been constituted to expand the bases of the party at block and village levels.
Committees have already been formed in half the state’s districts, while the remaining would be constituted within two weeks’ time.
The other officer-bearers of the party are senior vice-president Santokh Singh Aujla; vice- presidents GB Sahota and Rupinder Kaur; general secretary Harbans Singh Dholewal; secretary Gurmeet Singh Prajapat; joint secretary Charanjit Singh; and treasurer Pritam Singh.
A three-member team of Manik Goyal, Parteek and Gagandeep will be the in-chrage of party’s activities on social media. Three other members of the party — Shamsher Singh Bharadwaj, Gurnam Singh, Hartej Singh and Kuldeep Sharma — have been appointed spokespersons.
The group had announced its intentions to form a party in April and had begun its membership drive five months ago.
However, decision to form a national party and elect its office-bearers will take place on July 30 and 31 in Delhi.
29 May 2016 | 4:51 PM
NEW DELHI: Amid fresh cases of assault on African nationals and outrage by envoys of African countries over killing of a Congolese youth, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today spoke to Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung to ensure safety of the community and strict action against the guilty.
29 May 2016 | 4:56 PM
SHIMLA: Abhitej Sandhu, grandnephew of Shaheed Bhagat Singh and an AAP activist, died after he sustained grave injuries in a motorcycle accident at Maglad, near Rampur in Shimla district, about 135 km from here, late on Saturday evening. He was 27.
29 May 2016 | 4:54 PM
CHANDIGARH: Former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh’s grandson Harkirat Singh reportedly committed suicide with his licenced pistol at his Sector 5 residence here on Sunday. The family, however, claimed that he was cleaning the pistol when the incident occurred.
29 May 2016 | 6:42 PM
NEW DELHI: NEW DELHI: The BJP on Sunday renominated five Union Ministers — Birender Singh, M. Venkaiah Naidu, Piyush Goyal, Nirmala Sitharaman and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi — and party vice-presidents Om Prakash Mathur and Purushottam Rupala among 12 others to the Rajya Sabha for the upcoming biennial elections.
29 May 2016 | 11:51 AM
NEW DELHI: If you can answer 20 randomly selected questions in five minutes, you can meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. As the NDA government completes its two years in office, it has asked citizens to participate in an online quiz competition.
29 May 2016 | 6:47 PM
NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will contest Uttar Pradesh Assembly election 2017 alone without a pre- or post-poll alliance, Union Minister Mahesh Sharma said on Sunday. The party has also decided not to have contentious issues such as the Ram temple in Ayodhya.
29 May 2016 | 11:06 AM
ISLAMABAD: The father of Pakistan's nuclear programme Abdul Qadeer Khan has said the country has the ability to target Indian capital Delhi from Kahuta near Rawalpindi in five minutes.
29 May 2016 | 11:06 AM
KANPUR: In a bizarre incident, just like the Mahabharata in which Yudhishthir lost his wife Draupadi who was put at stake in a gambling game, a man from the Govindnagar area of Kanpur district of Uttar Pradesh put his wife at stake in an Indian Premier League (IPL) betting game and lost her.
29 May 2016 | 12:09 PM
WASHINGTON: NASA has successfully expanded and pressurised an add-on room at the International Space Station two days after aborting the first attempt when it ran into problems.
29 May 2016 | 1:21 AM
SRINAGAR:Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today vowed to bring back Kashmiri Pandits “with dignity” to transit accommodation in the Valley.
29 May 2016 | 1:20 AM
NEW DELHI:Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing a mega show, “Ek Nayi Subah”, organised by Doordarshan and telecast from five centres, today claimed that his government had brought a “generic change” in the lives of people.
29 May 2016 | 2:25 AM
YUBA CITY (CALIFORNIA): The Punjabi American Heritage Society of Yuba City and various Sikh temples in California, US, will honour Vishwa Mitra Tandon, a journalist whose investigative reporting brought to light the killing of 11 Sikhs in fake encounters by UP Police in Pilibhit district in 1991.