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In New Delhi, agenda for 2017 state election takes shape

No break-up, SAD and BJP together

10 Feb 2016 | 2:00 AM

New Delhi: A day after allies complained of “lack of coordination” in the NDA coalition, BJP president Amit Shah today held separate meetings with Akali Dal and TDP leaders to discuss individual issues. With Akalis in particular, Shah and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also discussed the strategy for the 2017 Assembly polls in Punjab, including seat-sharing, thus putting to an end all speculations of a break-up in the partnership.

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No break-up, SAD and BJP togetherSukhbir Badal, SAD president

Vibha Sharma

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 9

A day after allies complained of “lack of coordination” in the NDA coalition, BJP president Amit Shah today held separate meetings with Akali Dal and TDP leaders to discuss individual issues. With Akalis in particular, Shah and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also discussed the strategy for the 2017 Assembly polls in Punjab, including seat-sharing, thus putting to an end all speculations of a break-up in the partnership. 

“We had a cordial meeting to strategise for the elections. To ensure there is no friction at the ground level of any kind, a coordination committee will be formed which will have leaders from both sides. They will meet at regular intervals,” Akali leader Naresh Gujral said. 

This is the first time since coming to power in 2014 that the saffron leadership made the effort of interacting with senior functionaries of alliance partners. Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Badal is also believed to have raised the tension caused in the alliance due to “provocative statements by certain BJP leaders”.

Shah too is believed to have apprised Sukhbir with issues communicated to him by his party’s state unit. “Allying with Akalis is a burden for the BJP because issues like corruption, drugs and farmers’ suicides. 

Besides, the BJP is facing serious power-sharing issues with the Akalis. Their workers are interfering in the functioning of BJP cadres and the Akali Dal is not taking the saffron party seriously,” BJP leaders say.

Majority of BJP’s Punjab leaders at their meeting with Shah had advocated going it alone in 2017 and if required an alliance after the polls to escape anti-incumbency. However, party sources say, the central leadership is in favour of keeping the oldest ally by its side for practical reasons. “In Punjab. the BJP has no base in rural areas. Besides, what is the point of dividing the vote base and giving Congress and AAP an advantage?” they argue. “No immediate change was expected in the relationship between the Akali Dal and the BJP despite public posturing on both sides,” they say.

Technical snag in video conference delays Headley's deposition

Technical snag in video conference delays Headley's deposition

10 Feb 2016 | 10:11 AM

MUMBAI: The deposition of American-Pakistani terrorist David Coleman Headley was today delayed due to a technical snag in the video conference.

Sanders defeats Clinton, Trump wins in New Hampshire

Sanders defeats Clinton, Trump wins in New Hampshire

10 Feb 2016 | 10:02 AM

MANCHESTER: Bernie Sanders has defeated Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire primary, and Donald Trump also scored his first victory in a triumph of two candidates who have seized on Americans' anger at the Washington political establishment.

Punjab Dialogue next month: Kejri

Punjab Dialogue next month: Kejri

10 Feb 2016 | 2:00 AM

NEW DELHI: Buoyed by the public participation at its events, the Aam Aadmi Party will soon launch a Punjab Dialogue to comprehend the depth of problems before drawing a roadmap to address these, party convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has said.

Siachen braveheart soldiers on

Siachen braveheart soldiers on

10 Feb 2016 | 1:43 AM

NEW DELHI: The next 48 hours are medically crucial for the Army jawan who was miraculously found alive after being buried under 25 feet of snow following an avalanche atop the Siachen glacier.

Mother turns hostile in Orbit bus case

Mother turns hostile in Orbit bus case

10 Feb 2016 | 1:55 AM

Moga: The mother of a 13-year-old girl who was allegedly molested and died after being thrown off a moving bus belonging to the Punjab Deputy Chief Minister’s transport fleet turned hostile while deposing as the key witness in a trial court here today.

Akalis for Maharaja bust in France, Cong raises questions

Akalis for Maharaja bust in France, Cong raises questions

10 Feb 2016 | 1:55 AM

Patiala: The Punjab government is set to place orders for two statues of legendary Sikh ruler Maharaja Ranjit Singh — one to be installed in a French tourist town associated with his army general and another at his own ‘birthplace’ in Sangrur.

If agitated, a new jail tailormade for you

10 Feb 2016 | 1:43 AM

Chandigarh: The Punjab Prisons Department is constructing a jail for lodging protesters, including those involved in political agitations, in the state.


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Pak’s ISI funds terror outfits, says Headley

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10 Feb 2016 | 10:11 AM

MUMBAI: Terror outfits LeT, Jaish-e-Mohammad and Hizbul Mujahideen are given “financial” and “military” support by the ISI, Pakistani-American terrorist David Coleman Headley said today as he made fresh revelations, including about an aborted plan to target Indian defence scientists and Siddhivinayak temple here.

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3 telecallers held for duping people

3 telecallers held for duping people

10 Feb 2016 | 2:08 AM

CHANDIGARH: With the arrest of three fraudsters, all in their mid-twenties, the Chandigarh Police claim to have busted a gang of telecallers who used to dupe gullible people by calling them up posing as bank executives and seeking information about their ATM cards.

NoAAP’s central observer, Amritsar, Ram Meher Bhati (center) in Amritsar on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Vishal Kumar

Will scrap Amritsar’s BRTS project if voted to power: AAP

10 Feb 2016 | 1:56 AM

AMRITSAR: If voted to power, the Aam Aadmi Party’s first step in the state would be to scrap the BRTS (bus rapid transit system) project currently underway in Amritsar.

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Capt sharpens attack on AAP

10 Feb 2016 | 1:56 AM

CHANDIGARH: PPCC chief Capt Amarinder Singh today accused AAP leaders of trying to rake up issues that could disturb the hard-earned peace and prosperity of the state.

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Issued recovery notice, farmer commits suicide

10 Feb 2016 | 1:56 AM

AMRITSAR: A notice from the Debts Recovery Tribunal proved the breaking point in the life of Mangal Singh (60) of Fatehabad Rajputa village.

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Jats put off Feb 15 protest

10 Feb 2016 | 12:58 AM

CHANDIGARH/JIND: The Jat community today decided to put off its proposed February 15 ‘rasta roko’ agitation after a meeting with Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.

12 nabbed for Chamba tree felling

12 nabbed for Chamba tree felling

10 Feb 2016 | 1:08 AM

DHARAMSALA: The Chamba police yesterday arrested 12 employees of the forest corporation and forest department for facilitating large-scale felling of trees in Chamba forest division in 2014.

Fate of PDP-BJP alliance  rests on Budget doles

Fate of PDP-BJP alliance rests on Budget doles

10 Feb 2016 | 12:46 AM

JAMMU:The Sangh Parivar has decided to give more time to the Peoples Democratic Party to take a decision on restitching the alliance with the BJP as their backchannel meetings are yielding encouraging results.

Centre to frame policy for hill states: Kiran Rijiju

10 Feb 2016 | 12:50 AM

MUSSOORIE: Union Minster of State for Home Affairs Kiran Rijiju during a brief visit to New Tehri today said the Union government was working towards formulating a separate policy for the hill states for speedy development.

NoAnmolpreet Singh looks to drive en route his 72-run knock against Sri Lanka in the semifinals in Dhaka on Tuesday. icc

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10 Feb 2016 | 2:05 AM

MIRPUR:The Rahul Dravid-coached India stormed into the final of the ICC Under-19 World Cup with a convincing 97-run win over Sri Lanka in the first semifinal at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium here on Tuesday.

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SL avenge Mirpur mauling in Pune

10 Feb 2016 | 2:05 AM

PUNE:Sri Lanka rode on a strong bowling performance to defeat India by five wickets in their first T20I at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Tuesday.

DDCA buys some more time

10 Feb 2016 | 2:05 AM

NEW DELHI:Is the BCCI willing to take the risk of hosting the World T20 matches in Delhi? At the moment, the board has no choice but to wait and watch as the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) on Tuesday assured the Delhi High Court that it will complete work on all 60 objections raised by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) within the next 20 days.

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