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SAD plans ad offensive
Chandigarh, February 4
While the Punjab election scenario-2002 is being described as uninspiring and unexciting, print and electronic media are being exploited by the political parties to send across their messages and manifestos to the electors.

Digvijay lashes out at Badal
Sahnewal (Ludhiana), February 4
Madhaya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijay Singh today lashed out at his Punjab counterpart Parkash Singh Badal for his “dual approach”. He said that Mr Badal had no right to claim the votes as he had once burnt the copies of the Constitution of India.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijay Singh addresses a rally in support of the Congress candidate from Ludhiana Rural, Mr Milkait Singh Birmi, at Sahnewal on Monday.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijay Singh addresses a rally in support of the Congress candidate from Ludhiana Rural, Mr Milkait Singh Birmi, at Sahnewal on Monday.
— Photo Rajesh Bhambi

Unabated influx of poppy 
Samana, February 4
Horses and their riders in Haryana are doing their bit for political managers of certain contestants in Samana, Shutrana, Nabha and other seats in the Malwa belt. Across half a dozen villages along the Ghaggar on the boundary with Punjab, they are working their horses overtime to ensure a regular supply of poppy husk for thousands of ‘’amli’’ (addicts) voters.
Candidates in the Raja Sansi constituency of Amritsar district have resorted to illegal activities to lure voters.
(28k, 56k)

Fatehgarh Sahib

The 917 candidates who are in the fray




A record number of ex-MPs, MPs in arena
Ferozepore, February 4
They belong to a rare brand of politics. After remaining in political oblivion for 12 years, they are staging a comeback in electoral politics. They are none other than members of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) and are among the 12-odd parliamentarians, both past and present, who are seeking election to the Punjab Assembly this time.

Fighting for jailed father
Kot Kapura (Faridkot), February 4
An unusual battle of the ballot is on in this constituency lying along the south-western rim of Punjab where a daughter has taken up cudgels on behalf of her jailed father convicted and sentenced for life in a murder case.

2 Akali men hurt in clash with Cong workers
Khanna, February 4
Two activists of SAD were today injured at Salana village near here after a clash with Congress workers over the raising of banners, flags and posters. The injured, Mr Avtar Singh and Mr Nirmal Singh, supporters of Mr Gurdev Singh Sidhu, SAD candidate from Amloh (reserved) constituency, have been admitted to Amloh Civil Hospital. Their condition is said to be stable.

Mystery shrouds youth’s killing at EVM store
Jalandhar, February 4
Mystery shrouds the death of a local youth, who fell to bullets allegedly fired by a CRPF constable, part of a police party deployed to guard electronic voting machines (EVMs), when he tried to enter the premises of the Lodowali Road office of Punjab Technical University (PTU), being used to store the EVMs.


FEW TAKERS FOR SPEAKERS: The owner of an electronics shop waits for customers in Morinda. But there are few takers, with the Election Commission imposing restrictions on the number of loudspeakers. — This photograph was taken by Karam Singh on Monday.

Badal ‘failed’ on SYL issue
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 4
Mr H.S. Hanspal, a senior Congress leader, while addressing an election rally at Sirhind town today in support of Dr Harbans Lal, MLA and Congress candidate from the Sirhind constituency, lashed out at the SAD (B) and the Panthic Morcha and said except for making money Mr Parkash Singh Badal did nothing.

SAD ‘misusing’ official machinery
Bathinda, February 4
Mr Gurpreet Singh Kangar, a rebel Akali leader contesting as an Independent from the Rampura Phul Assembly constituency against the sitting MLA, Mr Sikander Singh Malooka of the SAD, alleged in a complaint to the district election observer that Mr Malooka was misusing his official position and the state machinery.

Paswan banks on own work
Ludhiana, February 4
The Union Minister for Coal and Mines, Mr Ram Vilas Paswan, appeared to be a lonely man here in Ludhiana. He was here to address the public rally organised in support of the Lok Jan Shakti candidate, Mr Kartar Singh Patna, who is contesting from Ludhiana Rural Assembly segment.

A Congress worker campaigns for the party on his tractor in Jalandhar.
A Congress worker campaigns for the party on his tractor in Jalandhar. — PTI

BKU (Rajewal) to back Cong candidates
Chandigarh, February 4
The Bharti Kisan Union (BKU-Rajewal group) today decided to support the Congress in the coming Punjab Assembly elections on the condition that a high-powered committee would be set up to give a breather to the farmers of the State.

'SP canvasses for Amarinder'
Patiala, February 4
The Punjab Kashyap Rajput Sabha today condemned Superintendent of Police Gurnam Singh Mehra for canvassing for votes in favour of Pradesh Congress president Amarinder Singh. He appealed to the community to vote by its conscience.

Mohindra: ask DCC to cooperate
Patiala, February 4
A senior Congress leader and former minister, Mr Brahm Mohindra, who has been at loggerheads with PPCC President Capt Amarinder Singh and had to shift to Samana to leave his traditional Patiala seat for the latter, today complained to him that the District Congress Committee was not helping him in the elections.

Sushma, Dhindsa flay Balian
Sangrur, February 4
Top leaders of the BJP and the SAD, including Ms Sushma Swaraj and Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, today condemned Mr Ranjit Singh Balian, a former Punjab Minister, for criticising the SAD-BJP government at rallies.

Dhumal: Cong party of aristocrats
Ropar, February 4
In Punjab and Himachal, the Congress is or has been headed by aristocrats who were never in favour of democracy in the country. So, the party can never think about the common people of the country, said the Chief Minister of Himachal, Mr Prem Kumar Dhumal, while addressing an election rally at Bhanoopli near Nangal today.

Sohi garners support in villages
Dera Bassi, February 4
After completing the first phase of her election campaign, Ms Sheelam Sohi, a Congress candidate from Banur Assembly constituency, today started the second phase of campaigning with the assistance of Mr Chander Mohan, a sitting MLA from Kalka, an adjoining Assembly constituency of Haryana.

CPM to support Independent nominee
Kharar, February 4
The CPM (Pasla group) has decided to support independent candidate from Kharar, Mr Harnaik Singh Ghruan. This decision was taken by the party here yesterday to ensure the defeat of SAD-BJP candidate in the constituency.



Case against former Jathedar adjourned
Bathinda, February 4
The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr Karnail Singh, today adjourned the hearing on a bail application moved by former Jathedar of Takht Damdama Sahib in a criminal case registered against him, his son Baljinder Singh and kin Joginder Kaur in connection with the alleged dowry death of his daughter-in-law Sharnjit Kaur to February 7.

Ex-servicemen, Bir Devinder share platform
SAS Nagar, February 4
The SAS Nagar unit of ex-servicemen league today announced its support to the Congress candidate from the Kharar seat, Mr Bir Devinder Singh.

Four injured in different incidents
Bathinda, February 4
Four persons were injured in different incidents in the district. Gurdev Singh, a resident of the city, received injuries when his scooter skidded near the local Rajindra College last night. One of his eyes was injured.

Sale of liquor banned

Lions Club to support Independent

Complaint lodged by Independent


Sensitive poll booth list being revised
Khadoor Sahib, February 4
More than 50 per cent of the polling stations of this rural constituency are still “sensitive” even as electioneering has reached feverish pitch after normalcy has returned to the state. The native villages of Mr Nawaz Sharif — the ousted Prime Minister of Pakistan — and Mr Krishan Kant — Vice-President of India — fall in this constituency. Also many villages of the “mand area” which was considered as a haven for militants fall in this constituency.

Four MC men suspended on charge of negligence
Fazilka, February 4
The Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Election Officer has directed the Deputy Director, Local Self-Government, Ferozepore, to place under suspension one junior assistant and three clerks of the Municipal Council, Fazilka, for allegedly deleting votes in the Fazilka Assembly segment.

Ropar segment to have RAF, CISF companies
SAS Nagar, February 4
To maintain law and order in the five Assembly segments of Ropar district, at least two companies of the Rapid Action Force and a company of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) are being deployed. The companies are expected to arrive at Ropar by tomorrow.

Security plan drawn

Supervisors trained


Rs 2 lakh stolen
Kharar, February 4
A sum of Rs 2 lakh, was stolen from a bag of Mr Bant Singh of Lakhnaur village today. According to information he lodged a complaint with the local police. He had recently sold his land and today he came to Kharar to deposit this amount in a bank.


Maharaja Youth Fest enters fourth day
Amritsar, February 4
The National Maharaja Youth Festival — 2002 entered its fourth day with the holding of competitions in Western vocal, group song (Western), classical dance, folk dances, elocution, quiz, poster-making and clay-modelling at Guru Nanak Dev University here today.

Old students’ body seeks govt’s co-operation
Patiala, February 4
The GOMCO Patiala Alumini Association today appealed to all political parties to remove hindrances in the setting up of an Advanced Emergency and Trauma block in Rajindra Hospital by the old students of the college.Top

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