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8 candidates in fray for Lok Sabha bypollRajinder Mohan Chhina (R)

8 candidates in fray for Lok Sabha bypoll

Rajinder Mohan Chhina, Gurjeet Aujla and Upkar Sandhu file papers as BJP, Congress and AAP candidates19 Jan 2017 | 9:57 AM

AMRITSAR: On the last day for the filing of nominations for the Punjab Assembly elections today, Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina, 66, of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Congress candidate Gurjeet Singh Aujla, 44, and Upkar Singh Sandhu, 63, of the Aam Aadmi Party filed their papers for the Amritsar Lok Sabha bypoll.

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Tribune News Service

Amritsar, January 18

On the last day for the filing of nominations for the Punjab Assembly elections today, Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina, 66, of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Congress candidate Gurjeet Singh Aujla, 44, and Upkar Singh Sandhu, 63, of the Aam Aadmi Party filed their papers for the Amritsar Lok Sabha bypoll.

Accompanied by Navjot Singh Sidhu, OP Soni, Dr Raj Kumar and Jugal Kishore Sharma, Gurjeet Singh Aujla filed his nomination papers.

Addressing media persons, Aujla said the development of the holy city as a tourism, industrial and business hub will be his main agenda and claimed that the residents of the constituency had given him the mandate to represent them in Parliament.

Chhina, a joint candidate of the BJP-SAD combine filed his nomination today amid a show of strength. He took out a road show from Ranjit Avenue to the District Courts where he filed the papers in the presence of Union Minister for Steel, Mines and Employment Narendra Singh Tomar, besides Akali leaders and workers.

The road show passed through the streets and workers danced to the tunes of dhol and raised slogans hailing Chhina and the SAD-BJP.

Later, Chhina launched an attack on former MPs from the constituency, Navjot Singh Sidhu and Captain Amarinder Singh, for ignoring the segment and the people living there as they never stayed in the area to pay heed to the grievances of the people and accused them of ignoring this border segment.

Accompanied by minister Anil Joshi, Rajya Sabha MP Shawet Malik, former minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla, Baldev Raj Chawla, Tarun Chugh, Rajesh Honey, Rakesh Gill, Vir Singh Lopoke and Mayor Bakshi Ram Arora, Chhina promised the voters he would bring Central grants and asked the voters to elect him because the NDA government at the Centre led by Narendra Modi would sanction adequate grants for development projects in the holy city.

“With my own party’s government at the Centre, I would be able to bring Central grants for every section of society,” he said, adding he will be available to the voters and not go missing like Navjot Singh Sidhu or Captain Amarinder Singh.

Meanwhile, Tomar said voting for Chhina would be akin to voting for the Modi government. He said the Modi government was working round the clock for the betterment of society and the downtrodden and was taking decisions that would put India among the developed countries of the world.

Meanwhile, AAP nominee Upkar Singh Sandhu also filed his papers for the Amritsar Lok Sabha by-election. Sandhu had left the Congress to join the AAP only a few days ago. Some months ago, he had resigned from SAD to express his displeasure at the instances of desecration of Sri Guru Granth Sahib.

In all, a total of eight candidates are in the fray for the Amritsar Lok Sabha bypoll. BSP (Ambedkar) has fielded Shanker Singh, 66, Apna Punjab Party has fielded Gurinder Singh, 50, and Shiromani Lok Dal Gulzar Singh, 50.

In addition, two independents are also in the fray. They are Inderpal, 55, and Parmod Kumar, 46.


Details of the assets of five prominent candidates from the district 

Amritsar Central constituency 

Candidate’s Name: Tarun Chugh 

Party: Bharatiya Janata Party

Educational qualification: MBA

Total Income shown in tax return 

Himself: Rs 14,15,400

Spouse: Rs 4,61,530

HUF: Rs 5,98,250

Total movable assets 

Himself: Rs 1,08,04,936

Spouse: Rs 54,35,818

Daughter: Rs 5,78,573

Total immovable assets

Himself: Rs 23,56,840

Spouse: Rs 16,46,840

Liabilities

Himself: Nil 

Spouse: Nil 


Candidate’s Name: OP Soni

Party: Congress

Educational qualification: Higher Secondary

Total Income shown in 

tax return 

Himself: Rs 7,65,301

Spouse: Rs 3,57,409

Total movable assets 

Himself: Rs 48,56,492

Spouse: Rs 56,09,414

Total immovable assets

Himself: Rs 11,74,00,000

Spouse: Rs 5,50,00,000

Liabilities 

Himself: Rs 65,68,157

Spouse: Nil 


Candidate’s Name: Dr Ajay Gupta

Party: Aam Aadmi Party

Educational qualification: MBBS

Total Income shown in tax return  

Himself: Rs 19,50,000

Spouse: Rs 3,10,000

Total movable assets 

Himself: Rs 1,97,04,000

Spouse: Rs 89,93,000

Dependent: Rs 13,85,000

Total immovable assets

Himself: Rs 6,93,00,000

Spouse: Nil

Liabilities

Himself: Rs 1,48,00,000

Spouse: Nil


Ajnala constituency

Candidate’s Name: Amarpal Singh Bony

Party: Shiromani Akali Dal

Educational qualification: X+II

Total Income shown in tax return 

Himself: Rs 36,08,234

Spouse: Rs 8,78,844

Total movable assets 

Himself: Rs 15364990

Spouse: Rs 5433337

Dependent 1: Rs 12,90,502

Dependent 2: Rs 10,16,010

Total immovable assets

Himself: Rs 2,79,18,750

Spouse: Rs 2,13,00,000

Liabilities

Himself: Rs 11 lakh 

Spouse: Rs 40 lakh


Attari constituency 

Candidate’s Name: Gulzar Singh  

Party: Shiromani Akali Dal

Educational qualification: Literate as mentioned by him in affidavit 

Total Income shown in tax return 

Himself: Rs 40,72,871

Spouse: Rs 5,34,042

Total movable assets 

Himself: Rs 1,21,19,308

Spouse: Rs 18,07,156

Total immovable assets

Himself: Rs 460,63,000

Spouse: Rs 1,66,22,500

Liabilities

Himself: Rs Nil 

Spouse: Rs Nil

Prime accused in Rs 25 lakh robbery held

19 Jan 2017 | 2:20 AM

AMRITSAR: The CIA staff today claimed to have arrested the prime accused and the mastermind in the Rs 25 lakh robbery case in which the owner of a motor vehicle agency and his cashier were attacked and looted by unidentified armed persons on October 24 last year.

SIT probe into drug racket case doubtful, unfair: AAP candidate

SIT probe into drug racket case doubtful, unfair: AAP candidate

19 Jan 2017 | 9:57 AM

AMRITSAR: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today raised serious objections over an attempt by the special investigation team (SIT) of the Punjab Police to absolve Revenue Minister Bikram Majithia from the Rs 6,000 crore drug racket and blamed Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal for influencing and disrupting the investigation in the case.

1 kg heroin recovered from goods train

1 kg heroin recovered from goods train

19 Jan 2017 | 2:20 AM

AMRITSAR: The Customs authorities confiscated 1kg of heroin from a goods train that arrived from Pakistan at the Attari railway station today.

Assembly elections:109 file nominations

19 Jan 2017 | 9:58 AM

AMRITSAR: As many as 109 candidates from the 11 Assembly constituencies in the district filed their nomination papers with their respective returning officers here today.

Ex-sarpanch booked for not handing over record

19 Jan 2017 | 2:20 AM

AMRITSAR: A former sarpanch of Aawan village near Ramdas, Gurcharanjit Singh Raju, was booked for not handing over the record to gram panchayat after his tenure.

PM to address rally in support of SAD-BJP

19 Jan 2017 | 2:20 AM

AMRITSAR: Union Steel, Mines and Employment Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said Prime Minister Narendra Modi would hold a public rally in holy city in view of the upcoming Assembly poll slated for February 4.

RTI activist files papers from Amritsar North

19 Jan 2017 | 2:20 AM

AMRITSAR: Local RTI activist PC Bali filed his nomination papers as an independent candidate from the Amritsar (North) constituency here today.

Admn offers incentives for senior voters, first-timers

19 Jan 2017 | 2:20 AM

AMRITSAR: To encourage voters, especially the first timers, the district administration today announced incentives, including heavy discounts and offers on eating out and creating a network of social groups to spread awareness.

Election Commission appoints observer for Majithia constituency

19 Jan 2017 | 9:59 AM

AMRITSAR: Keeping in view the sensitivity of the situation in the Majitha Assembly constituency, the Election Commission of India has appointed a senior IAS officer as an observer to keep a watch on proceedings and record the grievances.

11-year-old boy electrocuted

19 Jan 2017 | 2:20 AM

AMRITSAR: An 11-year-old boy, Arshdeep Singh, was badly injured after he was electrocuted at Bhoma village in Majitha today.

Pensioners seek DA

19 Jan 2017 | 2:20 AM

AMRITSAR: Senior citizens and pensioners are seeking the attention of political parties and candidates towards their demands.

Not an easy fight for SAD veteran seeking fifth termPunjab polls: Family matters

Not an easy fight for SAD veteran seeking fifth term

19 Jan 2017 | 9:58 AM

AMRITSAR: All is not well for Shrimani Akali Dal (SAD) veteran Gulzar Singh Ranike, who is contesting for his fifth term from the Attari constituency, this time.

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Money is not required for every fight, says Dalbir

18 Jan 2017 | 1:22 AM

AMRITSAR: Dalbir Singh Tong, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate from the Baba Bakala constituency is an aam aadmi (common man) in reality.

Indo-French concert holds audience spellbound

Indo-French concert holds audience spellbound

18 Jan 2017 | 1:22 AM

AMRITSAR: Alliance Française, Amritsar, in association with the Department of Foreign Languages, Guru Nanak Dev University, hosted ‘Stringly Yours’, a bass and guitar concert.

DAV College holds lecture on ‘Kakeya needle problem’

18 Jan 2017 | 1:22 AM

AMRITSAR: The Department of Mathematics of DAV College organised a lecture on the “Kakeya needle problem” today.

Poll security no bar as burglars have a field day

18 Jan 2017 | 1:22 AM

AMRITSAR: The police have beefed up security in view of the Assembly elections in Punjab as also the Republic Day celebrations.

Cong sees revolt from two leaders

Cong sees revolt from two leaders

18 Jan 2017 | 1:22 AM

AMRITSAR: After being denied the ticket in the Assembly elections, the Congress today saw revolt from its two leaders.

Eyebrows raised as company sells eye-drops without safeguards

18 Jan 2017 | 1:22 AM

AMRITSAR: Even as around 60 people, including 16 from the district, lost their eyesight to botched surgeries facilitated by an NGO in unhygienic conditions, the local administration seems not to have learned any lesson.

Winning poll no cakewalk for BJP leader Joshi

18 Jan 2017 | 1:22 AM

AMRITSAR: Though BJP leader and Local Bodies Minister Anil Joshi has managed to secure the party ticket from the Amritsar North constituency for the third consecutive term, political observers feel that despite having done a large number of development works, the election would not be a cakewalk for him, especially when many of his old friends are not much happy with him nowadays.

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Verka eyes second term from Amritsar West

18 Jan 2017 | 1:22 AM

AMRITSAR: Considered as one of the Congress heavyweights in the region, Dr Rajkumar Verka began his poll campaigning talking about development issues and his vision for Amritsar West, which has been his winning constituency in 2012.

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