Tuesday, January 15, 2002, Chandigarh, India


P U N J A B    S T O R I E S



Cong to replace Punjab  DCC chiefs
Prashant Sood
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 14
The Congress in Punjab is set for a major shake-up in its organisational structure with the high command having decided to replace all those DCC chiefs who are contesting the forthcoming Assembly elections in the state.

AICC sources said the high command was writing to the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee to suggest names of new district Congress presidents at places where the present DCC chiefs were seeking an election. Of the seven DCC chiefs who are party candidates, two are sitting MLAs.

Among the DCC chiefs likely to be replaced are Mr G S Dirba (Sangrur) who is MLA from Dirbha, Mr Ram Rattan (Hoshiarpur) who is a candidate from Mahilpur, Mr Mahesh Inder Singh Nihalsinghwala (Moga), who is party candidate from Bagha Purana, Mr Surinder Dawar (Ludhiana Urban), who is party nominee from Ludhiana East, Mr Jugal Kishore Sharma, (Amritsar Urban), who is contesting from Amritsar North, Mr Mohinder Singh Kaypee (Jalandhar Urban), who is contesting election from Jalandhar South, Mr Amarjit Singh Samra (Jalandhar Rural), MLA from Nakodar, and Mr Raghubir Singh (Muktsar), who is seeking election from Giddar Baha.

AICC leaders said the DCC chiefs and MLAs seeking tickets had been told earlier that they would have to quit their organisational posts after filing their nomination papers as party candidates.

Though the formula of ‘one-man, one-post’ was being applied to the DCC chiefs, the high-command had no move to apply the rule in case of other PCC office-bearers who were contesting the polls. Several office-bearers, including vice-president, general secretary and spokesman, are contesting the polls.

A senior AICC leader dealing with Punjab said resignations was being sought only from DCC chiefs as they were “heads of organisation in the districts.”

Meanwhile, several ticket aspirants, who are not happy with the decision of the high command on party nominees, met AICC treasurer Motilal Vora today to present their cases.


Sibia wants to fight from Sangrur
Sushil Goyal
Tribune News Service

Sangrur, January 14
Mr Surinder Pal Singh Sibia, secretary of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC), who has been allotted the party ticket from Barnala in place of Sangrur, today “revolted” against the Congress high command’s decision by announcing that he would not contest from Barnala in the forthcoming Assembly elections.

Giving a two-day ultimatum with regard to announcing his candidature as a Congress candidate from Sangrur to the high command, Mr Sibia also declared that he would file his nomination papers from Sangrur on January 18 either as a Congress candidate or as an Independent.

Mr Sibia made these announcements while addressing a gathering of his supporters from the Sangrur Assembly constituency at the new grain market here today. Sarpanches and panches of various villages, the presidents of the Sangrur and Bhawanigarh Truck Unions, the president of the District Bar Association, president of the Sangrur Arhtiya Association and members of various other organisations attended the rally.

It may be mentioned here that Mr Sibia had applied for the Sangrur ticket and not for the Barnala ticket. The Congress has made Mr Arvind Khanna, Treasurer of the PPCC, its candidate from Sangrur.

Mr Sibia disclosed that he had told the high command not to send him Barnala as feelings and sentiments of the Barnala residents would be hurt as he would be an outsider for them. Likewise, with the allotment of the Congress ticket to Mr Arvind Khanna from Sangrur, the sentiments of the Sangrur residents would be hurt as Mr Khanna was an “outsider” while he (Sibia) had served the Congress from Sangrur for the past 28 years.

Mr Sibia said that during the February 1997 Assembly elections when there was a SAD-BJP wave in the state, he lost to the SAD candidate from Sangrur by a margin of just 2356 votes and secured 41615 votes.

He disclosed that he had received a call on his mobile phone here this afternoon that the party high command was ready to review the decision with regard to his candidature.

There was a great enthusiasm among the supporters of Mr Sibia who were raising slogans in favour of Mr Sibia’s candidature from Sangrur.

Earlier, Mr Satish Kansal, vice-president of the District Congress Committee (DCC), Sangrur, announced his resignation from the post of vice-presidentship, protesting against the denial of Congress ticket from Sangrur to Mr Sibia.


Last time all, but 1, seats went to SAD-BJP
Varinder Walia
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, January 14
With heightened tension on the Indo-Pak border due to the Army build-up on both sides, the results of the forthcoming Assembly elections, especially in the constituencies bordering Zero Line could be interesting. Many villages of this belt have already moved to safer places. The poll results would mainly depend upon the rehabilitation work of the political parties.

Amritsar, the heartland of the Majha region has 16 Assembly segments: Amritsar (North), Amritsar (South), Amritsar (West), Amritsar (Central), Ajnala, Attari, Tarn Taran, Patti, Valtoha, Naushehra Pannuan, Khadoor Sahib, Rajasansi, Beas, Jandiala, Verka and Majitha. During the previous elections, the SAD-BJP combine had swept the poll in all segments except one which was won by an Independent candidate, Mr Om Parkash Sony, a Congress rebel.

During the previous elections, the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) won 13 while its political partner BJP took two seats.

Dr Rattan Singh Ajnala an SAD candidate won the seat by polling 50,705 votes, his nearest Congress candidate Major Rajbir Singh polled 48,994 votes in the Ajnala constituency.

The Beas seat was also won by SAD candidate Mohan Singh Sathiala (43,588 votes) who defeated Mr Jasbir Singh Dimpa of the Congress who got 41,760 votes. Mr Gulzar Singh Ranike of SAD polled 52,134 votes while Mr Sardool Singh of Congress-CPI combine polled only 10,956 votes in the Attari constituency.

The Jandiala seat also went to SAD candidate Ajay Pal Singh Meerakot who polled 51,377 votes while his nearest rival Sardool Singh of the Congress polled 31,617 votes. Mr Ujagar Singh Rangretta of the SAD won the Verka Assembly seat by polling 52,554 votes and defeated Mr Gurmez Singh of the Congress who got 21,109 votes only.

The Rajasansi seat was also won by Mr Veer Singh Lopoke of the SAD (52,182 votes) while Mr Sukhwinder Singh Sarkaria of the Congress polled 31,527 votes.

The Tarn Taran, seat which was a hot bed of militants, was won by Mr Prem Singh Lalpura of the SAD who polled 45,121 votes while Mr Dilbag Singh Dallike of the Congress polled 19,902. Now Mr Lalpura would contest the election on the Panthic Morcha ticket.

The Khadoor Sahib seat was cleared by Mr Ranjit Singh of SAD who polled 45,292 votes by defeating Mr Lakha Singh of Congress who polled 12,002. The Naushehra Pannuan seat was won by Mr Ranjit Singh Brahampura of the SAD (48,339 votes) while Master Jagir Singh of the Congress got 16,743.

The Patti seat was won by Mr Adesh Pratap Singh Kairon, son-in-law of Mr Parkash Singh Badal, who polled 60,719 against Mr Sukhwinder Singh of the Congress who polled 13,234 votes.

Prof Jagir Singh of the SAD won the Valtoha seat with 37,733 votes while his Congress rival Gurtej Singh Bhullar polled 36,579 votes. The Majitha election was won by Mr Parkash Singh Majitha of the SAD in the three-cornered contest due to the presence of an Akali rebel. After the death of Mr Majitha, the byelection was won by his nephew Rajmohinder Singh Majitha in February last year with 51,168 votes while his nearest rival Sawinder Singh Kathunangal of the Congress polled 34,136 votes.

The Amritsar (North) and Amritsar (Central) seats went to the BJP. Dr Baldev Raj Chawla of the BJP-SAD polled 35,661 votes while Mr Fakir Chand of the Congress got 18,929 votes Mrs Laxmi Kanta Chawla won from the Amritsar (Central) with 27,070 votes against Prof Darbari Lal of the Congress who polled only 12,487 votes. The Amritsar (South) seat was won by Mr Manjit Singh Culcutta of the SAD-BJP who polled 31,060 votes while Mr Harjinder Singh Thekedar of the Congress got only 16,565 votes. However, Mr Calcutta will now contest from this constituency on ticket of the Panthic Morcha.

The situation of the four urban constituencies of Amritsar is different from the border constituencies. While Amritsar (Central) and Amritsar (North) are Hindu dominated, Amritsar (South) is Sikh dominated. The number of Hindu and Sikh voters in Amritsar (West) is almost equal.

Interestingly, Mr Kirpal Singh, president, Chief Khalsa Diwan and former Member of Parliament, who had represented the Sikh dominated Amritsar (South) in 1980 and 1985 on the Janata Party ticket has now joined the ruling Akali Dal.


Revolt in SAD (Urban) over ticket allotment
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, January 14
The rival faction of the ruling SAD (Urban) has revolted against the party high command for ignoring genuine Akali leaders while distributing Assembly ticket in the district.

An emergency meeting held here today under the presidentship of Mr Pardip Singh Walia decided to field ‘traditional’ Akali candidates against official candidates. The members alleged that the party high command had committed a blunder in giving party ticket to Mr Kirpal Singh and Dr Dalbir Singh who had joined the Akali Dal recently. The members said the Akali workers of the city would oppose Mr Kirpal Singh (Amritsar-South), Dr Dalbir Singh (Verka) and Mr Malkiat Singh (Jandiala) during the elections. The party has authorised Mr Walia to announce five rebel candidates.


Congressmen and Akalis returned by turns
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 14
Ludhiana, the Manchester of Punjab, is one district which has been giving various political parties their due. Qila Raipur, known the world over for its “Rural Olympics” had elected the present Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, in the 1992 elections.

Later, he quit the Qila Raipur seat to make room for the present Technical Education Minister, Mr Jagdish Singh Garcha. Of the 12 Vidhan Sabha seats, it sent three Congressmen, one BJP candidate and eight Shiromani Akali Dal nominees to the state legislature.

Ludhiana has also produced some political stalwarts. Former Chief Minister Beant Singh belonged to Payal from where his son, Mr Tej Parkash Singh, is the Congress candidate this time. In the 1985 elections, Beant Singh had lost to Mr Devinder Singh Garcha from the Payal constituency. Mr Garcha, who was earlier a Congress MP, had quit the Congress to join the SAD. His son Ashok Garcha was unsuccessful this time in getting the Congress ticket for the Ludhiana Rural seat.

Besides electing Mr Badal in 1997, Ludhiana had sent an earlier Chief Minister — Justice Gurnam Singh Grewal — too, who headed a coalition government, before being toppled.

Mr Sat Pal Mittal, Mr Joginder Paul Pandey, Mr Sardari Lal Kapoor, Mr Om Parkash Gupta, Mr Devinder Singh Garcha, Mr Basant Singh Khalsa, Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, Mr A. Vishwanathan, Mr Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal, Mr Tarsem Jodhan, Mr Jagdish Singh Garcha, Mr Harnam Dass Johar, Mr Amrik Singh Aliwal and Mr Gurcharan Singh Ghalib all come from this industrial town.

Interestingly, this industrial and business town has been giving both Congress and Akalis turns as far as electoral politics are concerned. If in 1985, it elected nine Akalis, the things changed in 1992 when the mainstream Akalis boycotted the elections and Congressmen swept the polls.

The last two Speakers — Mr Harnam Dass Johar and Mr Charanjit Singh — came from Ludhiana. Incidentally, Mr Satpal Gossain, the lone BJP MLA from the district, was elected Deputy Speaker.

Ludhiana boasts of a big chunk of migrant population, perhaps the largest in Punjab due to its industrial base. This could be one reason for the heterogeneity in its electoral outlook.

Interestingly, the state’s biggest Assembly constituency — Ludhiana Rural — has more migrants than ruralites on its electoral rolls. The number of electorate in Ludhiana Rural is now 3,54, 017, after the addition of nearly 21,000 new voters, which perhaps again is the highest in the state.



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Gurdeep Singh

Darshan Singh

Bhag Singh



Talib Singh

Nirmal Singh

Harmhinder Singh



Basant Singh

Malkiat Singh

Bikramjit Singh


Qila Raipur

Arjan Singh


PS.Badal/J S.Garcha


Ludhiana N

S.P. Prahar

Rakesh Kumar

Rakesh Kumar


Ludhiana W

HD Johar

H.D. Johar

MI Singh Grewal


Ludhiana E

Om Parkash

Sat Pal Gosain

Sat Pal Gosain


Ludhiana R

Jagdev Singh

Malkiat Singh

Hira Singh Gabria



Devinder Singh

Harnek Singh

Sadhu Singh



Rajinder Singh

Ishar Singh

Charanjit Singh



Amarjit Singh

KS Gill

Amrik Singh



Sukhdev Singh

SS Dulo

Bachan Singh



Growth of Reds stunted
Sarbjit Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 14
Since Independence, Communists have remained a vital aspect of Punjab’s political landscape. The CPI and the CPM, which came into being following a split in the Communist Party in 1964, have witnessed several ups and downs in their political fortunes.

Though failing to emerge as heavyweights, like in Kerala and West Bengal, the Left parties have become a sort of extension of the main parties in Punjab.

With over 80 per cent population comprising small peasantry, nearly 28 per cent Scheduled Castes and other deprived classes, the Left parties were in a position to raise a formidable political front. But certain tactical and policy blunders and lack of initiative have stunted their growth in Punjab.

The collapse of the erstwhile Soviet Union and China’s stepping into the marketing economy caused a setback to the Left movement in Punjab.

The CPI, known for its pro-Soviet Union stance, has been usually an ally of the Congress in the state since the 1970s. The CPM, a pro- China outfit, was close to the Akalis in the 1970s and 80s and also stood with the SAD when it launched the “SYL canal roko morcha”. But the two broke up when the agitation acquired an overdose of religion.

The CPI won five seats in 1967, and was partner in the Akali-led United Front Ministry. In the 1969 mid-term poll, the CPI won four seats following an adjustment with the Akali Dal. However, the CPI changed track in 1971 when it extended support to the Congress headed by Indira Gandhi as she had joined the Soviet Union block against the American camp.

The CPI contested the Assembly elections in 1972 as an ally of the Congress and won 10 seats. However, it committed a blunder by supporting the Emergency declared by Mrs Indira Gandhi. The CPI lost face among the people and its decline started. In 1977, it kept its alliance with the Congress and won seven seats.

It reviewed its stand in 1978 at the historic Bathinda conference where it regretted supporting the Emergency and severed relations with the Congress. Thus, in 1980, the CPI joined hands with the Akalis and the CPM to form a democratic front and won nine seats.

In 1985, when there was a friendly match between the Akalis and the Congress, the CPI allied with the CPM to contest elections.

The next 10 years were a difficult period for the CPI, CPM and other Left groups. Terrorists killed many senior Communist leaders like Darshan Singh Candian, Harpal Khokhar, Amolak Singh, Sarwan Singh Cheema, Baldev Singh, Chanan Singh Dhut and Darbara Singh. However, it goes to the credit of the CPI and CPM that bullets did not deter them.

In 1992, the CPI won four seats. In1997 by again allying with the Congress, it won two seats. It will contest 11 seats as the Congress ally this time.

The CPM, which won three seats in 1967, supported the United Front government and again won two seats in 1969 and supported from outside the Akali-Jan Sangh government. The CPM opposed the Emergency and was instrumental in the formation of the Janata Party government at the Centre in 1977. In the 1978 and 1980 Assembly elections, as an ally of the SAD, it made its presence felt in the Assembly.

The CPM parted company with the SAD 1983 when the Akali agitation on the canal issue and Anandpur Sahib resolution turned violent and sectarian. In 1992, it had an understanding with the CPI and contested 15 seats to win one seat and in 1997 contested 16 seats and lost all.

A recent split in the CPM has caused a setback to the party. The breakaway group led by Mr Mangat Ram Pasla has formed a separate party. The CPM, which is expected to ally with the Lok Bhalai Party, will contest about 15 seats this time.

With its maiden entry in the elections, the Lok Bhalai Party headed by Mr Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, a former union minister, will put up 90 candidates. Interestingly, the party had announced candidates for 32 seats about a year ago. It is trying to establish its base among small peasantry, traders, working class and landless labourers.

A number of CPI (ML) and Marxist Communist Party of India candidates will also be in the fray.

CPI list complete with two more names
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 14
The CPI today announced its candidates for the remaining two constituencies. Mr Darshan Singh Dhilwan has been nominated from Panjgarian (reserve) and Mr Gurjant Singh Kuttiwal from the Pakka Kalan (reserve) constituency.

As an ally of the Congress, the CPI will contest 11 seats in the state.

Dr Joginder Dayal, secretary of the Punjab unit of the CPI, told newspersons here today that crisis in Bathinda unit of the party had been resolved as all those members, who had resigned from the state council of the party, had taken back their resignations after the CPI agreed with the Congress to swap the Rampura Phul seat for Pakka Kalan.

Meanwhile, the CPI has taken up the issue of starting a joint campaign with Capt Amarinder Singh.

A meeting of the secretariat of the party held here today endorsed the poll alliance with the Congress.


Whither 33 pc quota to women?
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 14
A bias against women is reflected in the list of candidates of almost all parties in fray for Assembly elections in Punjab. Though all parties talk about giving adequate representation to women, that stance is often taken for political reasons. In practice, no party wants to given the due share to women in the political field.

Heated debates have taken place on the floor of Parliament to give 33 per cent reservation to women in the Lok Sabha and state Assemblies. And the parties like the SAD, BJP and Congress have supported such a measure.

But from the attitude of the male-dominated political parties, it appears that women will have to struggle hard for securing a fair share in the political set-up at the national level and also in states.

While the bias is more pronounced in the list of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), the CPI and the Panthic Morcha, it is a bit less in the Congress list.

The CPI has announced nine candidates out of the 11 to be fielded by it to contest the elections as an ally of the Congress. No woman figures in the list of nine. Even the remaining two candidates, to be announced by the CPI, are most likely to be men, according to indications available from the party.

The ruling SAD has fielded 92 candidates. Only four women candidates have been given party ticket this time whereas the number was six last time. And of these, two belong to reserve categories. While Ms Mohinder Kaur Josh, who had won from Sham Churasi the last time has been dropped by the SAD this time, Mrs Satwinder Kaur Dhaliwal has been nominated from Khanna where earlier Mr Bachan Singh Cheema had won on the SAD ticket.

The other women candidates fielded by the SAD are Mrs Upinderjit Kaur from Kapurthala’s Sultanpur Lodhi segment and Mrs Satwant Kaur Sandhu from Chamkaur Sahib. Bibi Jagir Kaur has been fielded from Bholath. In other words, only a little over 3 per cent women have been given representations by the SAD which believes in the equality of women because they have been given very high status in Gurbani.

Interestingly, no woman figures in the first list of candidates announced by the Panthic Morcha. The morcha is to contest 87 seats and the chances of it fielding women candidates for the remaining seats to be announced shortly are bleak. Bringing women in the political field does not seem to be a part of the Panthic agenda of the morcha.

The Congress has done a little better than the other political parties as far as giving representations to the women is concerned. But it is far short than the national commitment of the party to give at least 33 per cent representation to women in the state Assemblies and Parliament. The Congress has given ticket to 13 women candidates and of these, five belong to reserve categories. The Congress will contest 106 seats and it has announced the names of candidates for all constituencies.

The Congress appears to have accommodated 13 women as the party is headed at national level by Mrs Sonia Gandhi. Otherwise, the number of women candidates might have been even less in the list. However, it is an improvement over 1997 when the Congress had given ticket to only nine women candidates. Percentage wise, the number of women candidates in the Congress list is a little over 12 per cent.

Informed sources say that before the shortlisting of the candidates, the Central Election Committee of the Congress had decided to give 23 seats to women candidates. However, as the pressure from the men increased, the party buckled to accommodate more men in the list.

Though the BJP has not announced the list of its candidates, the number of women candidates in its list will also not cross the figure of two. The sitting MLA, Mrs Laxmi Kanta Chalwa, is sure to get the BJP ticket from Amritsar. Whether the BJP will renominate, Mrs Roop Rani from Dina Nagar is not clear yet. The BJP had fielded two women candidates last time.

In all, 54 women candidates had contested the last Vidhan Sabha elections and 22 out of them were Independent.


Parties take up power cuts on their agenda
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, January 14
Frequent power cuts in the district these days have not only made life miserable for senior citizens and affected the studies of students, but has also become an issue during the poll campaigns. Dr Harbans Lal, the Congress candidate from Sirhind constituency, has been raising the issue in his election meetings.

While addressing election rallies in different villages he alleged that there were no timings for the power cuts, which are often effected early in the morning when the students get to their studies and the employees start their daily routine. Intense cold has also affected senior citizens as their room heaters go off.

Questioning the effectiveness of the Thein Dam, which was inaugurated by the Prime Minister and started generating power. He said there was resentment among people against these power cuts and it would affect the prospects of the ruling party. He said out of those affected by the power cuts, industrialists were the worst sufferers.

Industrialists of the industrial town, Mandi Gobindgarh, have resented these power cuts and have said that they were suffering huge losses due to these cuts. They told The Tribune that sympathiser of the BJP was also facing it difficult to convince the people about these cuts.

Apathy on part of the officials of the PSEB has added to their woes as none of the officials is ready to explain the reason behind these power cuts. When contacted, Mr U.S. Dhillon XEN, PSEB Sirhind, said that these power cuts were being ordered by the Chief Engineer System Operation and Control.


Major revolt in Ropar Congress
Our Correspondent

Ropar, January 14
Just one day after the announcement of Congress candidates for the forthcoming Assembly elections in the state, a major revolt has surfaced in the Ropar Congress.

At a district-level meeting held at Nangal today, many Congressmen, including PPCC Secretary Bhupesh Sharma, PPCC member from Nurpurbedi Ram Prakash Bali, organising secretary Amarjit Walia and members Arun Nayar, Ravinder Dewan, Raj Kumar Dutta, and Bina Ayri resigned from the primary membership of the party to protest against the alleged arbitrary distribution of ticket.

The leaders met at the residence of Mr Bali and criticised the PPCC President, Capt Amarinder Singh, for ignoring merit while distributing ticket. Mr Bali announced that in protest against the allotment of ticket to an outsider from the Nangal constituency, he would contest as Independent from the area. The Congress has allotted the ticket from Nangal to Mr K.P.S. Rana, a resident of Ropar.

Mr Bali said the state leadership had ignored party workers in favour of capitalists. The ticket has been allotted by collecting money from the candidates, he alleged.

Revolts have also surfaced in the Chamkaur Sahib and Anandpur Sahib constituencies. From Chamkaur Sahib, former MLA Shamsher Singh Rai announced his candidature as Independent against Congress nominee Bagh Singh. Addressing a press conference at his residence today, Mr Rai said he would not resign from the primary membership of the party.

Dissident candidates from the Anandpur Sahib constituency also held a meeting.


Sonia called him personally
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, January 14
The allotment of the Congress ticket to Mr Bir Devinder Singh from the Kharar constituency has come as a surprise as he had been trying for ticket from the Samana constituency in Patiala.

Talking to The Tribune at Chuni Kalan village in the district and part of Kharar constituency after launching his election campaign, he claimed loyalty towards the Gandhi family and the services rendered by him to the party during terrorism, had paid him.


DCC (Urban) celebrates Amarinder’s nomination
Tribune News Service

Patiala, January 14
The District Congress Committee (Urban) distributed ‘ladoos’ today on the nomination of the Pradesh Congress President, Capt Amarinder Singh, from the Patiala assembly seat.

Sources said Capt Amarinder had arrived at his New Moti Bagh residence yesterday but did not make the fact public after thousands of supporters of Mr Darshan Singh Brar, a ticket hopeful from Jagraon, collected at his house to demand that their leader be given the party ticket.


Kanwaljit promises more facilities
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, January 14
The Shiromani Akali Dal general secretary, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, and the SAD-BJP candidate for the Banur assembly constituency, today started his election campaign after taking blessings from the estranged mother-in-law of his rival candidate, Ms Sheelam Sohi.

Capt Kanwaljit Singh, who was on a visit to 12 villages of his constituency, started his day after visiting Mrs Amarjit Kaur, mother-in-law of Sheelam Sohi, a Congress candidate from the Banur constituency. The minister sought blessing from Mrs Kaur for his victory in the ensuing elections he was contesting against her daughter-in-law. Ms Amarjit Kaur, who is currently staying with her daughter Harjinder Kaur, in Panchkula extended her well wishes to the minister.

Later, the minister visited Tofanpur, Ballopur, Malikpur, Tasinbli, Humayunpur, Sarangpur, Antala, Jodhgarh, Razzapur, Khelan, Malan, and Sardarpura villages in the Lalru circle.

Addressing a gathering at a function organised in Malikpur village, the minister claimed that many developments had been made during the past five years in the Banur constituency. The residents of the segment would be given facilities at par with the residents of Chandigarh.

To uplift the downtrodden, the SAD had distributed 5-marla plots among homeless, besides providing financial aid to construct houses under the Indira Awas Yojana in the state, he claimed apart from this Shagun Scheme, old age and widow pension schemes were also launched.


Elderly couple awaits pension
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, January 14
Lal Singh (85) and his wife Piaro (80) of Dhapai village are waiting endlessly for a pension from the government. They have been forced to eke out a living by begging for food and money from neighbours, who too are now shying away from them. Without children, they are dependent on each other for moral and physical succour. In the name of property they have just two or four earthen utensils, one charpoy and torn mattress to survive.

While talking to the correspondent, Piaro said her husband had been bedridden for the past two years. Earlier, Lal Singh used to ply a rickshaw. As age caught up with him and his arthritic problem worsened, the meagre means of livelihood were also snatched from them. Initially he sold his rickshaw for nine Rs 1400 but medical needs diminished the small sum in no time.


Warrants against 4 cops
Our Correspondent

Patiala, January 14
The CBI special magistrate today, issued non-bailable warrants against two police inspectors, Mr Joginder Singh and Mr Gurnam Singh and two assistant sub-inspectors, Mr Shyam Lal and Mr Hajoor Singh of the Punjab Police for unlawful detention and ordered the CBI to detain them and produce them in CBI court on February 21. Retd SP Madanjit Singh and SP Ajaib Singh Kaleka have submitted bail applications in the same case. The hearing on the bail applications will be on January 17. ASI Gulzar Singh, ASI Mukhtayar Singh and ASI Sikandar Singh have been summoned by the court.

The CBI in its charge sheet had accused that two youths, Mr Balwinder Singh and Mr Gurinder Singh had been detained unlawfully by the Civil Lines police station in Patiala and declared proclaimed offenders later by the police. Father of the youths, Mr Dharam Singh filed a petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court in 1994. The High Court had ordered the Sangrur, District and Sessions Court to look into the matter. The Sangrur Sessions Judge had ordered an officer of the rank of Inspector-General to investigate.

ADGP D.S. Bhullar and ADGP B.P. Tiwari were entrusted with the investigation, after which the Civil Lines police registered a case under Section 302. Later, the High Court ordered the investigation by the CBI in 1997. In the course of investigation it was found that Balwinder Singh was picked up from his residence by a police party led by Inspector Joginder Singh on March 26, 1993 and kept allegedly in illegal confinement till the first week of April, 1993. When the father of the kidnapped youth approached the Inspector, money was demanded from him and the father later paid Rs 10,000 and a scooter, the CBI charge sheet avers.

After this the Inspector asked Dharam Singh to present Gurinder Singh, his second son. The police showed the second son’s arrest on in record on April 18, 1993.


Punjab School Board exams from March 6
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, January 14
Annual senior secondary school examinations of the Punjab School Education Board in humanities, science, commerce, agriculture, technical education and vocational streams, beginning on March 6 will end on April 9. The examinations would be held in the evening session.

Schedule for the examinations is as follows:

Humanities: History (March 6); Business organisation and management (March 7); Mathematics (March 9); General Punjabi/Punjabi History and Culture (March 11); Philosophy/Geometrical Perspec-tive and Architectural Drawing (March 13); Education (March 14); Book-keeping and Accounting (March 15); General English (March 16); Economics (March 18); Rural Development and Environment/ Music - Instrumental (March 19); Home Science — for girls: (March 20); Punjabi/ Hindi/ English/ Urdu/ Bengali/ Kannad/ Marathi/ Malayalam/ Manipuri/ Oriya/ Assamese/ Sindhi/ Tamil/ Telugu (March 21); Physical Education and Sports/ Insurance (March 22); Political Science (March 25); Sanskrit/Persian/German/French/Russian/ Arabic (March 26); Religion/History and Appreciation of Arts (March 27); Geography (March 30); Dance/ Agriculture (April 1); Public Administration (April 2); Music-vocal (April 3); Sociology (April 4); Gurbani Sangeet (April 5); Psychology (April 6); Computer Application (April 8); Defence Studies/ Music-Table (April 9).

Science stream: Chemistry/ Chemistry for compartment candidates only (March 6); Mathematics (March 9); General Punjabi/ Punjabi History and Culture( March 11); Biology/ Biology for compartment candidates (March 14); General English (March 16); Economics (March 18); Elements of Electronic Engineering (March 19); Physics/ Physics for compartment candidates only/Home Science for girls (March 20); Sanskrit (March 26); Geography (March 30); Agriculture (April ); Geology (April 2); Computer Application ( April 8).

Commerce stream: Theory and practise of Management (March 6); Mathematics (March 9); General Punjabi/Punjabi History and Culture (March 11); Office Management (March 14); General English (March 16); Economics (March 18); Accounting (March 20); Insurance/Business Statistics (March 22); Computer Application (April 8).

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PCCTU to hold rally on Jan 23
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 14
The joint action committee (JAC) of the federation of managements, principals, non-teaching staff and the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) has decided to hold a rally at Jalandhar on January 23.

The decision was taken at a meeting of JAC held recently and attended by Principal P.S. Sangha, Mr Tarsem Bahia, Mr A.C .Vaid and Mr B.L. Budhiraja of the Principals’ Federation, the PCCTU president, Mr K.B.S. Sodhi, vice-president J.S. Kahlon, finance secretary Balbir Singh and Mr Prakash Singh, secretary of the Guru Nanak Dev University area.

The meeting was chaired by Dr Ishar Singh of the Managements’ Federation. A representative of the non-teaching staff, Mr Raj Kumar Singla, was also present.

It is learnt that JAC will hold demonstrations and rallies in various cities all over Punjab to protest against the “adamant stand” taken by the SAD-BJP government in fulfilling their demands, though a final shape is yet to be given to these.

Their demands include implementation of the pension-cum-gratuity scheme in the 140 non-government aided colleges in lieu of the contributory provident fund to the teaching and non-teaching staff.

Other demands include extending the 95 per cent grant-in-aid scheme for the additional posts and new colleges opened after 1991 and clearing of aided posts for these colleges.

The issue of fee hike will be taken up as well and principals of all 172 colleges have been asked to invite parents, students and teachers on a common platform for their views. The spokesperson for JAC said that if fee was hiked in accordance with the proposal of the Punjab government, higher education would become out of bounds for the common man and most colleges will have to close shop for being unable to bear the expenditure.

“How can they ask us to hike fee to meet our expenses? If hiking fee is the only solution to meeting deficit, they can very well do with increasing the fee being charged in the government colleges of the state,” he added.


Teachers’ panel to hold rally on Jan 23
Our Correspondent

Phagwara, January 14
Pleading with the people of Punjab to either force the government to change its higher education policy or change the government itself in the ensuring elections, the 10,000 strong Joint Action Committee (JAC) comprising federations, associations and unions of managements, principals, lecturers and non-teaching staff of 172 private colleges of Punjab and Chandigarh today decided to hold a state-level rally in Amritsar on January 23 against the state government’s decision to wriggle out of its financial commitments towards higher education.

Disclosing this, Mr Tarsem Bahia, a spokesman of the JAC and President of the Principals’ Association of Punjab University affiliated colleges said all colleges would observe bandh on January 23.

The next rally would be organised in Malwa region. The venue and date would be announced after the elections, he said. The JAC had already organised a save higher education convention at Chandigarh on January 10 for mobilising masses against anti-eduction policy of the Punjab government.

The recent meet chaired by Dr Ishwar Singh, president Managements Federation demanded immediate notification of pension and gratuity scheme, release of Rs 100 crore salary grant, including Rs 21 crore arears received from the Centre, Mr Bahia added.

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