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1,146 in fray for 117 Punjab seats

Capt efforts only half successful as several Cong rebels to contest22 Jan 2017 | 1:55 AM

CHANDIGARH: A total of 1,146 candidates have been left in fray for the February 4 election to the 117-member Punjab Vidhan Sabha, with 114 withdrawing their candidature. Today was the last day to opt out of the contest. A total of 1,078 candidates had contested the last election in 2012.

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 21

A total of 1,146 candidates have been left in fray for the February 4 election to the 117-member Punjab Vidhan Sabha, with 114 withdrawing their candidature. Today was the last day to opt out of the contest. A total of 1,078 candidates had contested the last election in 2012. 

Meanwhile, last-ditch efforts by Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh to pacify rebel candidates proved only half-successful. Denied ticket, close to 25 had announced to contest as Independents. 

However, what came as a sigh of relief for the top brass was the decision by prominent Congress leaders in Mansa, Ludhiana and Sangrur districts to withdraw their nominations on Saturday.  Gurpreet Kaur, daughter-in-law of former MLA Sher Singh Gagowal, and Satpal Mulewala, who contested on a Congress ticket in 2012, withdrew nominations from the Mansa and Budhlada seat, respectively.

Harpreet Kaur Barnala, daughter-in-law of former CM late Surjit Singh Barnala, and Gurmail Singh Pehlwan, aide of senior leader Manish Tewari, also withdrew in Dhuri and Ludhiana (East).

Rebels Gurprit Singh Vikki and Ayushi Sharma opted out from the Mansa contest.

The Doaba region, however, will remain a cause for concern for the Congress as prominent faces Tarlochan Soondh, Nimisha Mehta, Surinder Mahey and Gurbinder Atwal opted to contest from Banga, Garhshankar, Jalandhar (West) and Nakodar segments.

Similarly, Ashok Sharma and Naresh Puri,  son of former minister Raghunath Sahai Puri, also did not respond to appeals by Capt Amarinder to withdraw.

Sukhraj Singh Natt, contesting from Maur; Manjit Mann from Moga; Amarjit Singh Gharu from Ferozepur (Rural); Hem Raj Aggarwal from Ludhiana (North); Avtar Billa from Jagraon and Rajinder Deepa from Sunam also opted to stay in contest.

Meanwhile, Akali rebels Sukhdarshan Singh Mrar and Anupinder Kaur Sandhu also opted not to withdraw.

Senior BJP leader Master Mohan Lal also withdrew papers as a rebel candidate.

Cong-SP talks on alliance reach dead end

22 Jan 2017 | 1:54 AM

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‘Goodwill’: Pak releases soldier

‘Goodwill’: Pak releases soldier

22 Jan 2017 | 1:54 AM

NEW DELHI:Pakistan today released an Indian soldier, Chandu Babulal Chavan, who had inadvertently crossed the border in September last year after surgical strikes on terror bases across the Line of Control.

EC to Kejriwal: Behave or will de-register AAP

EC to Kejriwal: Behave or will de-register AAP

22 Jan 2017 | 1:54 AM

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JE made to say sorry by touching Assam MLA’s feet

22 Jan 2017 | 1:54 AM

MORIGAON:A Junior Engineer in Assam’s Nagaon district was allegedly made to apologise by touching the feet of a BJP MLA for removing the legislator’s car blocking the road to the office, a BDO official said.

Three budget airlines told to shift flights to Terminal-2 from Feb 15

Three budget airlines told to shift flights to Terminal-2 from Feb 15

22 Jan 2017 | 1:39 AM

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No(From left) Congress candidate Major Singh Bhaini, Akali Dal’s Manpreet Singh Ayali and AAP nominee HS Phoolka address voters during their election campaign in Dakha constituency. Tribune Photos: Himanshu mahajan

Dakha: Akali MLA faces stern test

22 Jan 2017 | 1:45 AM

DAKHA: Sitting Akali MLA Manpreet Singh Ayali (42) is pitted against noted Supreme Court lawyer and AAP candidate Harvinder Singh Phoolka and Major Singh Bhaini (Congress) — both 61 — in Dakha constituency of Ludhiana district.

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All of 18, Lambi girl stands tall as AAP star campaigner

22 Jan 2017 | 1:43 AM

LAMBI: At 18, this student of BSc (first year) is taking the centre stage during various political programmes of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in this constituency, thanks to her oratorical skills.

Now, Sukhbir promises to waive farmers’ loans

22 Jan 2017 | 1:43 AM

TARN TARAN: Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal today said if the SAD-BJP alliance was elected for the third time, it would waive off small farmers’ loans.

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Gender equality? Not here!

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22 Jan 2017 | 1:14 AM

BHIWANI ROHILLAN (HISAR): A year after Haryana’s only all-woman panchayat was unanimously elected in Bhiwani Rohillan village, its members are yet to get rid of the ‘chulha chauka’ to take practical charge of panchayat functioning.

Trump signs executive order against Obamacare on Day 1

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NoMS Dhoni inspects the pitch ahead of the third ODI against England at the Eden Gardens on Saturday. PTI

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22 Jan 2017 | 1:40 AM

Kolkata: He may have relinquished the limited-overs captaincy but MS Dhoni is still playing a proactive role in the team affairs as he performed the leadership role today, including inspecting the pitch, ahead of the third ODI against England tomorrow.

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Bhuvi credits IPL for death overs skills

22 Jan 2017 | 1:40 AM

Kolkata: Medium-pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar today credited the Indian Premier League (IPL) for his transformation as a final-overs bowler and said the team would play without pressure as it aims for a clean sweep against England tomorrow.

Gujarat put ROI on backfoot

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