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Rousing reception for Kalia, Bhagat on getting ticketBJP leader Manoranjan Kalia holds a road show after he got the ticket from the Jalandhar (Central) constituency on Monday. Tribune Photo Malkiat Singh

Rousing reception for Kalia, Bhagat on getting ticket

17 Jan 2017 | 11:22 AM

JALANDHAR: Ending the month-long speculation over the candidature of former Cabinet minister and MLA Manoranjan Kalia from Jalandhar (Central) and Punjab cabinet minister Bhagat Chunni Lal’s son Mohinder Bhagat from Jalandhar (West), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today approved their names to contest the 2017 assembly elections.

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Rachna Khaira

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, January 16

Ending the month-long speculation over the candidature of former Cabinet minister and MLA Manoranjan Kalia from Jalandhar (Central) and Punjab cabinet minister Bhagat Chunni Lal’s son Mohinder Bhagat from Jalandhar (West), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today approved their names to contest the 2017 assembly elections.

Celebrations erupted at Bhagat’s residence after his name was announced as the party candidate from Jalandhar West constituency. Supporters gathered around his house with sweets and crackers. Bhagat was given ticket as his father Bhagat Chunni Lal had crossed 75 years of age and could not contest polls as per the new election rules framed by the BJP.

Even Manoranjan Kalia was accorded a rosy welcome by his supporters after he landed at Rama Mandi from Delhi. His supporters carried out a rally from there to his residence and burst crackers and distributed sweets on the way.

Both the leaders were facing stiff opposition by their own party leaders and the tussle increased to a new level during the election time. The recent tiff was reported at BJP state chief Vijay Sampla’s rath yatra where a section of the party workers reportedly snatched the mike from Mohinder Bhagat. He was not even allowed to speak till the rath yatra moved around in his constituency.

Though BJP SC Morcha general secretary and party councillor Sheetal Angural and Punjab BJP chief Vijay Sampla’s nephew Robin Sampla too were in the fray and tried to get the ticket from the west area, Mohinder Bhagat’s candidature has come as a huge setback for them.

Bhagat who was already facing an anti-incumbency wave in his constituency due to prolonged delay in the completion of the four-laning project of National Highway 703-A in his area has invited the wrath of industrialists. Also, the dwindling sports industry business in his area has angered the sports goods manufacturers. His close aide Rajiv Dhingra also lost the MC elections to Congress candidate Kamlesh Grover from ward number 49 two years back.

Kalia’s candidature was also mired in controversy after his name was linked to drug dealers and also for providing shelter to the murderers of Khalsa College student Manpreet Singh who was killed in broad daylight by some people with sharp weapons.

Various leaders of the opposition and his own party leaders have posted pictures of his public meetings on Facebook and other social media websites where he was shown standing next to alleged drug dealers of his area.

Being a senior party leader, he served as a cabinet minister in the SAD-BJP coalition government. Kalia was not given any important post recently due to immense factionalism in the party. His candidature for the assembly polls and his known proximity to Sampla is expected to give a fresh lease of life to his political career.

Henry shows his might by getting ticket for son

17 Jan 2017 | 11:22 AM

JALANDHAR: With his vote getting cancelled just ahead of the Assembly elections and his son denied the Congress ticket, heavyweight Congress leader Avtar Henry had, perhaps, taken the situation head-on and in a bid to show his might, managed to turn the tide in his favour.

Tough challenge for Bhandari

17 Jan 2017 | 3:03 AM

JALANDHAR: Posing a touch challenge to Jalandhar (North) candidate KD Bhandari, three of the area councillors of the BJP may contest against him in the forthcoming Assembly elections.

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‘My rival has been a non-performer, with no development work to his credit’

17 Jan 2017 | 11:22 AM

JALANDHAR: Having changed its candidate every time from the Kapurthala general seat, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has, this time, placed its bet on Paramjit Singh Pamma, a postgraduate Valmiki and four-time councillor.

BSP candidate files his nomination

BSP candidate files his nomination

17 Jan 2017 | 11:22 AM

JALANDHAR: The BSP candidate from Kartarpur, Balwinder Kumar (38), filed his nomination paper today to the Returning Officer Varinder Pal Singh Bajwa.

Police claim solving blind murder

Police claim solving blind murder

17 Jan 2017 | 3:03 AM

JALANDHAR: The Jalandhar Rural Police today claimed to have solved a blind murder case in which a Nangal Shama village-based 58-year-old vegetable farmer’s body was found in his farm farm was found on the morning of December 21.

Three-cornered contest in Phagwara

17 Jan 2017 | 11:23 AM

PHAGWARA: Political tussle between sitting BJP MLA Som Parkash and the president of the state unit of the party Vijay Sampla and their supporters could increase in the next few days as with the announcement of the candidature of Som Parkash, a triangular contest in Phagwara Assembly seat would be witnessed during the next 17 days.

Postmen to deliver message on importance of voting

Postmen to deliver message on importance of voting

17 Jan 2017 | 3:03 AM

JALANDHAR: Making a unique effort to motivate the voters to cast their votes on February 4 for the Punjab Assembly elections, the district election authorities have engaged postmen for the Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) campaign to send appeal letters to every household in the district to inspire the voters to use their franchise.

Jolt for Tinu as Karwals support Kaypee

17 Jan 2017 | 11:23 AM

JALANDHAR: Making a major dent in the citadel of Akali MLA Pawan Tinu, former Akali district president and sitting councillor Darshan Singh Karwal, his two councillor brothers and other Akali leaders have committed their support to ex-minister and Congress nominee Mohinder Singh Kaypee in Adampur constituency.

Lohri celebrated at Pyramid College

17 Jan 2017 | 3:03 AM

PHAGWARA: Lohri was celebrated at Pyramid College of Business and Technology.

GNA University signs MoU with NSE Academy

17 Jan 2017 | 3:03 AM

PHAGWARA: A memorandum of understanding (MOU) has been signed between GNA University and NSE Academy Limited.

AAP candidate’s assets register an increase

17 Jan 2017 | 3:03 AM

PHAGWARA: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate from the Phagwara Assembly constituency (reserve), Jarnail Nangal, in his affidavit filed in 2012 Assembly elections, had contested as a BSP candidate.

Rain brings cheer to farmers

17 Jan 2017 | 3:03 AM

JALANDHAR: A spell of rain in the region has brought cheer among wheat and potato farmers as it is considered to be playing a crucial role in getting better yield, yet agriculture experts believe that farmers need to be more cautious as cloudy weather could trigger some diseases.

Brar vs Wadala will be repeat of 31-yr-old poll

17 Jan 2017 | 11:22 AM

JALANDHAR: Coming as a full circle after 31 years, it will be out of sheer circumstantial reasons that the son-in-law of former Congress minister Umrao Singh, Jagbir Brar, will be contesting against former MLA Kuldeep Singh Wadala’s son and sitting Akali MLA Gurpartap Singh Wadala.

As staff go to first rehearsals, excuses pour in

16 Jan 2017 | 1:55 AM

JALANDHAR:Staff posing as veterinary doctors, with medical problems like heart diseases to self or a relative, an impending or duty-day wedding and couple exemptions include the primary excuses which are being cited by staff to seek exemptions from poll duties in the district.

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Uphill journey likely for Baldev Khaira in four-cornered contest

16 Jan 2017 | 12:56 PM

JALANDHAR: Locked in a four-cornered contest from the reserved Phillaur seat, it will not be a smooth sailing for Akali candidate Baldev Khaira.

Surinder Mahey holds show of strength

Surinder Mahey holds show of strength

16 Jan 2017 | 1:55 AM

JALANDHAR: Ex-Mayor Surinder Mahey today held a show of strength at Bootan Mandi this afternoon, expressing his resentment at the announcement of the Congress ticket for sitting MC councillor Sushil Rinku from Jalandhar West.

TMC likely to declare 3 more seats from Jal

16 Jan 2017 | 12:57 PM

JALANDHAR: With the Trinamool Congress having announced three of its lists for the Punjab Assembly polls in the past two days, the fourth list of the party is expected to be out tomorrow.

75 families leave BJP to join Cong

16 Jan 2017 | 12:56 PM

PHAGWARA: In a major jolt to the BJP in Phagwara, nearly 75 families committed to the party led by senior vice president of Panchtaa Block today left the party and announced to extend full support to Congress candidate Joginder Singh Mann.

Vikramjit Chaudhary: I have won one battle, ready to fight another

Vikramjit Chaudhary: I have won one battle, ready to fight another

16 Jan 2017 | 1:55 AM

JALANDHAR: Having received an authority letter by the party high command to contest from the Phillaur Assembly seat, PPCC general secretary and former Vikramjit Chaudhary was greeted by party workers at his residence this morning.

Our agenda has been lost, it’s breach of trust, says Damanvir Phillaur

Our agenda has been lost, it’s breach of trust, says Damanvir Phillaur

16 Jan 2017 | 1:55 AM

JALANDHAR: Although ex-Akali minister Sarwan Singh Phillaur who joined the Congress two months back, hasn’t shown any resentment over not being allotted the ticket, his son Damanvir Phillaur looked vexed.

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