Monday, November 26, 2001, Chandigarh, India





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YAMUNANAGAR BYELECTION
A matter of prestige for parties
Chandigarh, November 25
The coming Yamunanagar Assembly byelection is increasingly becoming a matter of prestige for all three major political parties in Haryana — the ruling INLD, its alliance partner, the BJP, and the main Opposition, the Congress.

Sarpanch surrenders to court
Fatehabad, November 25
A sarpanch who was accused of beating up a Dalit villager surrendered before a court here yesterday. The sarpanch had been evading the arrest for the past one month. The court had remanded him in judicial custody till December 8. 

Former minister Mahajan dead
Hisar, November 25
Mr Om Parkash Mahajan, former minister, died here today after a prolonged illness. He was 69 and is survived by his wife, two sons and three daughters.

PINJORE DIARY
Police interacts with people
Pinjore
An interaction between the police and the people was held at Maranwala village near Pinjore under the month-long programme started by Haryana Police to bridge the gap between the public and the police.

516 cases settled at lok adalat
Rohtak, November 25
As many as 516 cases of various categories were settled at the 52nd lok adalat organised under the chairmanship of Mr R.S. Madan, District and Sessions Judge, here yesterday.



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YAMUNANAGAR BYELECTION
A matter of prestige for parties
Yoginder Gupta

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
The coming Yamunanagar Assembly byelection is increasingly becoming a matter of prestige for all three major political parties in Haryana — the ruling INLD, its alliance partner, the BJP, and the main Opposition, the Congress.

The byelection has been caused by the vacancy created in the state Assembly by the death of the sitting Congress MLA, Dr J.P. Sharma. While the INLD and the Congress increasingly see the byelection as a referendum on the performance of the government, for the BJP the poll is will be a fight for survival.

The Yamunanagar seat, being predominantly an urban constituency, had been traditionally won by either the BJP or the Congress. The INLD had never been a force to reckon with here. But this time, the INLD, being in power, hopes to make inroads into the constituency. In Dr Malik Chand Gambhir, Chairman of the Haryana School Education Board, the INLD has a formidable candidate. A former MLA, Dr Gambhir enjoys a good reputation in the industrial town. But his candidature is possible only if the BJP gives up its claim to the seat, which was contested and lost by the party in alliance with the INLD in the last Assembly elections.

Since the INLD-BJP alliance is still intact in the state, at least on paper, it is highly unlikely that the BJP will forgo its claim on Yamunanagar. Much will depend upon the UP elections, which will be held simultaneously with the Haryana byelection. The interest of the INLD supremo, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, in western UP is well known. Though so far he has not spelt out with whom his party will enter into an alliance in UP, sources in the INLD say the first preference of their leader will be to contest under the banner of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA). If the BJP accommodates Mr Chautala in UP, he will be only too glad to leave Yamunanagar to the alliance partner. But if the UP arrangement does not come up to the expectations of Mr Chautala, he wont mind contesting the Yamunanagar seat minus the BJP.

Mr Chautala’s intensive touring of villages of the Yamunanagar constituency last week, when he doled out huge financial assistance for development works, should be seen in this context. He has virtually started the election campaign in Yamunanagar, unmindful of the final battlelines. He has to win the seat whether the INLD contests it on its own or supports the BJP candidate.

The Congress, which is still licking its wounds following the not-so-successful bandh sponsored by it in the state on November 2, seems to be cautious in the selection of the candidate. Sources in the party say that efforts will be made to select a candidate acceptable to the four senior leaders of the party — Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Mr Bhajan Lal, Mr Birender Singh and Mr Shamsher Singh Surjewala — so that all leaders worked for the success of the party and would not be able to blame one another in case the party failed to retain the seat.

So far, the race for the Congress ticket seems to be confined to the family of the late Dr Sharma, Mr Raj Kumar Tyagi, DCC president, and Mr Sat Pal Kaushik, secretary of the Pradesh Congress. However, the appointment of the Karnal DCC president, Mr Kuldip Sharma, as the coordinator for the Yamunanagar byelection has been mired in a controversy. A section of the party feels that since Mr Sharma is relatively “junior”, senior leaders of the party belonging to the area like Dr Ram Prakash, Mr Phool Chand Mullana, Mr Nirmal Singh, Mr Lehri Singh and Mr Ram Singh, may be reluctant to work under his leadership.

This section of the party men says since the party is likely to nominate a Brahmin as its candidate, the coordinator should belong to the Punjabi community or should be a Dalit or a member of a backward class so that he can inspire confidence among these communities, which have a large presence in Yamunanagar. This section is planning to meet the party high command to seek the replacement of the coordinator.

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Sarpanch surrenders to court
Sushil Manav

Fatehabad, November 25
A sarpanch who was accused of beating up a Dalit villager surrendered before a court here yesterday. The sarpanch had been evading the arrest for the past one month. The court had remanded him in judicial custody till December 8. Mr Chhabil Dass, a Dalit from Mehuwala village had filed a criminal complaint in the local court against his village sarpanch, Mr Ramji Lal. According to the complaint filed by Mr Chhabil Dass, to apply for a loan under the Indira Awaas Yojna he had gone to the sarpanch to get his signatures on the form. When he requested the Sarpanch to sign the application form the sarpanch became abusive and beat him up.

Mr Chhabil Dass has further alleged that when he went to the Bhattu police to lodge his complaint cops asked him to get out of the police station. He approached senior officers of the district but to no avail. Later, he moved the court and filed a criminal complaint against the sarpanch. But when he came to the court on February 24 this year, he was again beaten up by henchmen of the sarpanch . He had to be admitted to a hospital.

The police registered a case on his complaint but no action was taken. The court sent several summons to the sarpanch but he did not appear before the court. The court issue non-bailable warrants against the sarpanch on October 22 and asked the police to produce him in the court before November 19. But the police failed to arrest him before that date. The sarpanch surrendered before the court yesterday.

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Former minister Mahajan dead
Our Correspondent

Hisar, November 25
Mr Om Parkash Mahajan, former minister, died here today after a prolonged illness. He was 69 and is survived by his wife, two sons and three daughters.

Mahajan held important portfolios during his three stints as minister, i.e. local bodies, health and excise and taxation. He was first elected to the Assembly from the Hisar constituency in 1982 as an Independent. He joined the Bhajan Lal Cabinet as the Local Bodies Minister.

He was elected again to the Assembly in 1996 as an Independent and joined the Bansi Lal Cabinet as the Health Minister.

He was made the Excise and Taxation Minister in the Om Prakash Chautala ministry in 1999.

Mahajan had been undergoing treatment for cancer in Delhi. He was brought here four days ago.

His condition worsened early today and he died on way to hospital.

His cremation here in the evening was largely attended.

CHANDIGARH: The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, has expressed shock at the death of O.P. Mahajan.

He said Mahajan was a seasoned parliamentarian who worked for the welfare of the poor and downtrodden.

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PINJORE DIARY
Police interacts with people
M.M. Bhandari

Pinjore
An interaction between the police and the people was held at Maranwala village near Pinjore under the month-long programme started by Haryana Police to bridge the gap between the public and the police. Mr Rajesh Duggal, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Kalka sub-division, who presided over the function, asked the people to give information to the police about bad elements without any fear. He added that people’s cooperation was necessary if the police was to combat crime effectively. He added that he would shortly hold a seminar on crime against women.

He said the police was a family and if one member of the family did something wrong, the entire family should not be given a bad name.

The villagers mentioned the problems they faced in their day-to-day life.

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The Workers’ Union of the Forest Department has threatened to gherao the officers if their demands are not met. At a meeting of the district unit of the union held under the presidentship of Mr Om Prakash Sharma, the Secretary, Mr Joginder Singh, disclosed that payments to workers were often made by obtaining their thumb impressions on blank papers. He alleged that the workers were not paid their full wages. The president of the union warned the officers that they should implement the agreement reached with the union or face a gherao.

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516 cases settled at lok adalat
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, November 25
As many as 516 cases of various categories were settled at the 52nd lok adalat organised under the chairmanship of Mr R.S. Madan, District and Sessions Judge, here yesterday.

Mr C.B. Sheoran, Chief Judicial Magistrate-cum-Secretary, District Legal Services Authority, said 60 cases pertaining to the MACT claim were put up before the lok adalat, out of which 44 cases settled and an amount of Rs 47,22,000 was awarded as compensation of accident victims. Three pre-litigative case and a case under the Workman Compensation Act were also disposed off, he added.

Mr Madan said the subordinate courts located in this sessions division, 33 civil, 47 criminal, 180 traffic and 208 mutation cases were decided and an amount of Rs 65,650 as fine was realised.

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Matric supplementary exam results
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, November 25
The Board of School Education, Haryana, has declared the result of Matriculation Supplementary Examination, September-2001, here today. The pass percentage of this examination turned out to be 65.03. In a press note issued here, the Chairman of the board said 86,538 candidates appeared in the examination and 56,277 were declared pass. As many as 14,782 candidates were placed under compartment. Girls fared better than boys by getting a pass percentage of 71.27 as compared to 62.30 per cent of the boys.

The note said the board had made arrangements to make the result available throughout the state for convenience of the candidates. The result could be downloaded from the Internet website http://haryana.nic.in and it would also be available at the regional centres of the board.

It was also stated in the press note that the re-appear, compartment and partial improvement candidates of this examination who wished to appear in the annual examination to be held in March, 2002, could send their forms up to December 11.

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Smile contest
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, November 25
Painting and beautiful smile competitions were held here today by the local Branch of the Indian Dental Association (IDA).

Dr Ajay Khatri, secretary of the branch said 225 students from different schools in the district participated in the competition. He said earlier the district team of the IDA examined teeth of nearly 55,000 students of 130 schools in the district and gave them useful tips to prevent their teeth from decay. He said 120 teachers were also imparted training regarding dental care.

The SDM, Mr Yashender Singh, was the chief guest and Dr (Brigadier) S.C. Anand, chief patron of the branch of the IDA gave away prizes to the winners. The winners would participate in the state-level painting and beautiful smile competitions to be held in Chandigarh on December 9. 

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Governor releases Gurbani cassette
Our Correspondent

Yamunanagar, November 25
The Governor of Haryana, Babu Parmanand, inaugurated an NGO, International Revolutionary Organisation, which would work for strengthening brotherhood. He also released a cassette of sermons and bhajans based on Gurbani.

The religious function was organised by the people of Jammu residing at Bhambholi village, about 17 km from, here today. Mr Sudesh Kumari, wife of the Governor, and Mr Piara Singh, MLA from Jammu, were also present on the occasion. 

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Archives Week
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
The Haryana Archives Department will celebrate Archives Week from November 26 to 29 in the state.

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