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Inter-state row: Centre ‘may mediate’
Jalandhar, February 3
The Centre would seriously consider any proposal for mediation between Punjab and Haryana for settling the inter-state disputes, in case both the state governments express any such desire.
Union Law and Company Affairs Minister Arun Jaitley addresses a press conference at the BJP office in Jalandhar
Union Law and Company Affairs Minister Arun Jaitley addresses a press conference at the BJP office in Jalandhar on Sunday. — photo Inder Mohan

Satta men give Cong 62 seats, SAD-BJP 35
Ludhiana, February 3
The Congress is likely to win 62 or more seats, according to satta operators, while the Akali-BJP combine is placed far behind at less than 35 seats. The bids are reportedly being accepted in favour of the Congress. 

No wave in favour of any party
Local factors and stature of rebels to influence voting
unjab's poll arithmetic is as difficult to decipher as the current spell of elections is proving to be an enigma. Even the presence of 917 candidates vying for 116 berths in the Vidhan Sabha, makes the campaign trails unexciting.







A cradle of two CMs
Ludhiana, February 3
Though Ludhiana has every tenth seat in the state Assembly, its voter share is much higher. Every eighth voter in Punjab is from this industrial town, which also boasts of the largest migrant labour population in the state.

Bid to freeze ‘scales’ fails
symbol of the Shiromani Akali Dal
Chandigarh, February 3
An effort to get the “scales”, the poll symbol of the Shiromani Akali Dal led by the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, frozen through a judicial decree from the Punjab and Haryana High Court, has failed, at least for the time being.

‘Vote uski, jo pilai whiskey’
Bathinda, February 3
Apart from the contestants trying their luck to make it to the Punjab Assembly in the February 13 poll, the addicts dotting various districts of the Malwa region have also been coining slogans to convey their message to the quarters concerned.


NDA govt to fall after poll: Surjeet
Ludhiana, February 3
The CPM general secretary, Mr Harkishen Singh Surjeet today said the NDA government would fall after the Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Sabha elections as the BJP was going to lose them. In Punjab too he said, the SAD-BJP combine would be routed because of the non-performance of their government.

Sikh and Hindu voters dominate most of Punjab's constituencies, but there is just one minority constituency, Malerkotla, where there is a majority of Muslims.
(28k, 56k)

Digvijay for continuation of MSP
Chandigarh, February 3
The Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr Digvijay Singh, says that the NDA government at the Centre cannot be partisan to the Congress governments in the states.

Badal expels rebel Kariha
Nawanshahr, February 3
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister and President, SAD has expelled the rebel SAD MLA, Mr Jatinder Singh Kariha, from the party for his anti-party activities. He announced this at an election rally held here yesterday.

A votary of farm diversification
Kapurthala, February 3
Progressive farmer-turned-industrialist Rana Gurjit Singh, Congress candidate who is pitted against Punjab minister and SAD candidate Raghbir Singh, is a first timer with a difference—he is a strong votary of diversification in agriculture and industry and this is evident from his promise to voters that he will set up a sugar mill in the area if he came to power.

Bhattal’s view downplayed
Patiala, February 3
Punjab Pradesh Congress president Amarinder Singh has tried to downplay the recent statement of senior Congress woman Rajinder Kaur Bhattal that no leader had been projected as the future Chief Minister.

Beant, not Badal brought peace: Bhattal
Budhlada (Mansa), February 3
Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, a former Punjab Chief Minister and Senior Congress leader, addressing an election rally here today in support of Mr Hardev Arshi, the CPI candidate from the Budhlada Assembly constituency, said Punjabis could not forget the sacrifice of the late Beant Singh who had saved the state from militancy.

Traders, workers back Singla
Bathinda, February 3
The former spokesman of the All-India Congress Committee and party candidate from this Assembly segment Mr Surinder Singla, today got a shot in the arm when representatives of traders, employees unions, trade unions, industrial associations, labour unions, taxi operator unions and a major section of farmers pledged support to him.

Ms Sushma SwarajNo anti-incumbency trend: Sushma
Phagwara, February 3
The BJP star speaker, Ms Sushma Swaraj, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister, last night said through the Congress was hoping to gain power in Punjab due to the “anti-incumbency factor”, it was not the reality.

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Family joins Kanwaljit in poll campaign
Zirakpur, February 3
The candidate of SAD-BJP alliance from the Banur Assembly constituency, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, today gave his election campaign a personal touch by fielding his wife and other family members for canvassing. 

Tippler causes flutter
Phagwara, February 3
A tippler caused a flutter on Saturday night when he shouted ‘murdabad’ instead of “zindabad” in a poll rally of Mr Swarna Ram, the SAD-BJP candidate from the Phagwara Assembly segment.


‘Punjabis more prone to heart diseases’
Amritsar, February 3
The northern part of the country, especially Punjab, is more prone to the heart diseases due to their “fatty” food habits.

Poet Rajwinder honoured
Kapurthala, February 3
A function was organised today by the Sirjana Kendra and the Literary Forum at Nawab Jassa Singh Ahluwalia Government College here in honour of Rajwinder Singh, a poet. Surjit Pattar, a Punjabi poet, presided over the function in which his book, “Ghar and Parvash”, was also released.


Opening of dhabas beyond 10 pm banned
Dera Bassi, February 3
Keeping in view the forthcoming Assembly elections in Banur constituency, Ms Pritam Singh Johal, SDM, has directed all owners of dhabas, petrol pumps and liquor vends in the constituency and particularly located along the Chandigarh-Ambala highway to close their establishments from 10 pm till 7 am for two months.


Custodial death: ASI, three others booked
Gurdaspur, February 3
Residents of Chounta village, accompanied by Congress, BJP and Shiv Sena workers, gheraoed Dinanagar police station yesterday in protest against the death of Bhim Raj of the village in police custody. The protesters also blocked traffic.

Man held for stealing carbine
Bathinda, February 3
The police has arrested Kuldeep Singh, a helper, who had fled away with the carbine of a truck owner while they were going to deliver the ammunition to the Army from near Bhuchu Mandi a few days ago. He has been sent in police remand for two days.

Five arrested for smuggling narcotics
Bathinda, February 3
The police has arrested five persons for their alleged involvement in the smuggling of narcotics and recovered 50 kg of poppy husk, 160 gms of opium, and 8000 tablets from different parts of the district.

Man murdered


Teachers look for gain in poll
Chandigarh, February 3
With election fever running high in Punjab and politicians straining their vocal cords at rallies, teachers of private aided and unaided colleges are hoping to elicit some assurances on their demands hanging fire since the SAD-BJP combine assumed charge in the state.

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