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CM attacked in hometown
Lambi, February 9
A warm and rousing reception awaited the Punjab Pradesh Congress Chief, Capt Amarinder Singh, as he strode into the citadel of his main rival and political opponent, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, here today.

Sukhbir towers out of dad’s shadow
Faridkot, February 9
Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, MP and general secretary of SAD, has finally emerged out of the towering shadow of his father, the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal. In the current run-up to the elections to the Punjab Assembly scheduled for February 13, Badal junior has turned out to be one of the principal campaigners for his party.

Poll theatre enacted without script
Chandigarh, February 9
Several factors come into play in an election — politics and personalities, promises and passions, allegations and rabble-rousing, provocative ad-campaigns and histrionics. Seldom are socio-economic factors raised and debated. If raised, these are more in the nature of populist pronouncements, influenced by competitive politics. Realism is buried in rhetoric.

Paramilitary forces rushed to Majha
Gurdaspur, February 9
Election-related tension in the Majha belt is heading towards a boiling point. It is keeping the district administration and election observers on their toes. The Police has been keeping watch on the situation in the area.

Capt banks on his work and image
Chandigarh, February 9
Punjab’s Finance and Planning Minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, is banking on his work and positive votes which he claims will be in his favour as he had carried out targeted development in Banur, his constituency, besides carving out policies in the state.


The 917 candidates in the fray

Punjab constituencies



Ajit Jogi decries Advani’s talk
Kartarpur (Jalandhar) February 9
The Chhattisgarh Chief Minister and senior Congress leader, Mr Ajit Jogi, today criticised the Union Home Minister, Mr L. K. Advani, and the BJP for “hurting” religious feelings of a particular community by advocating the need for a national debate on the functioning of madarasas.

Rapport with people holds key
Patiala, February 9
Punjab Local Bodies Minister and senior BJP leader Balramji Das Tandon, who was touted as the Deputy Chief Minister in the run-up to the last poll, is learning the hard way that it pays to remain in touch with your constituents. He is contesting from Rajpura where he is pitted against a leader who is perceived to be closer to people than him.

Fight between Jakhar, Ram Kumar
Abohar, February 7
Although there are 11 candidates in fray from this constituency, it seems to be a direct fight between Mr Ram Kumar, sitting MLA of the BJP, and Congress candidate Sunil Jakhar. The Congress candidate is the son of a former union minister and senior Congress leader, Mr Balram Jakhar. Therefore, this seat has become a prestige issue for them.

From where Beant Singh rose to fame
Payal, February 9
It is this constituency which in 1969 ushered in Mr Beant Singh into mainstream politics, not as a Congressman but as an Independent, rather as a rebel Akali supported by the Congress. The Dal high command was toying with the idea of fielding him but at the last moment decided to give the party ticket to Mr Gian Singh Rarewala, another political stalwart. Mr Beant Singh defeated Mr Rarewala by more than 5,000 votes.

Cong vows to tame Ghaggar
Devigarh, February 9
The PPCC president, Capt Amarinder Singh, yesterday said the Ghaggar and other rivers, which cause havoc in the district every year, would be tamed within one year through a World Bank scheme if the Congress comes to power. Addressing a rally in favour of the Congress candidate, Mr Lal Singh, the PPCC chief said it was unfortunate that the Ghaggar and other rivers, including the Tangri and the Markanda, could not be tamed till now.

Manmohan promises economic revival
Bathinda, February 9
A former Union Finance Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, while accusing the SAD-BJP government destroying Punjab’s economy said today the Congress, if voted to power, would revive it, inviting domestic and foreign investment in the industrial and agricultural sectors.

Law Minister adds weight to Akali rallies
Phillaur, February 9
Union Law Minister Arun Jaitly today refused to comment on the demand of Akali leader Simranjit Singh Mann to register cases against Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, Home Minister Lal Krishan Advani and Congress President Sonia Gandhi under the Arms Act for “brandishing” swords in public rallies as the matter had gone to the high court.

Few women in fray
Bathinda, February 9
No woman has ever returned to the Vidhan Sabha or the Lok Sabha from all Assembly segments falling in the undivided Bathinda district. Information gathered by TNS revealed that in the 1957 Assembly elections only one woman, Paul Kaur, jumped into the election arena from the Phul constituency. The Assembly elections held in 1962, 1967, 1969 and 1972 did not find any woman contestant while in 1977, two women — Kusam Lata and Gurcharan Kaur — contested from the Bathinda and Nathana Assembly segments, respectively.

Congress woman vs Akali men
Kila Raipur, February 9
Woman power seems to have come handy for the Congress in the prestigious Kila Raipur constituency in Ludhiana district. For the first time the Congress has fielded a woman in this traditionally Akali stronghold. Mrs Gurdial Kaur Khangura is giving a tough time to the SAD candidate, Mr Jagdish Singh Garcha, and the Panthic Morcha candidate, Mr Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal.

A poll veteran since 1974
Chamkaur Sahib, February 9
Electoral battle is not new to her. In a career spanning over a quarter of a century, the SAD candidate for the Chamkaur Sahib reserve constituency, Mrs Satwant Kaur Sandhu, has been a Cabinet minister in the outgoing government of the Akalis. She has been thrice voted to power in the reserved constituency, predominantly a rural belt.

Politics serious business: Vinod Khanna
Phagwara, February 9
Bollywood star and Member Parliament Vinod Khanna said here this evening that there was neither a Congress wave nor an anti-incumbency factor in the state. Addressing a rally for the SAD-BJP candidate from Phagwara, Mr Swarna Ram, Vinod Khanna said he was campaigning for the BJP as he was committed to the party.

Royal roots, an advantage
Aboard Helicopter, February 9
“Maharaja Sahib, the “ghori” (a ceremony of marriage in the Aggarwal community performed on the night before marriage) is not considered to be complete till the bridegroom pays his obeisance at the “samadh” of Baba Ala Singh, founder of the Phul dynasty and Patiala, located in a police station in Sardulgarh town of Mansa district,” said a shopkeeper of Sardulgarh town to Capt Amarinder Singh, when he reached the venue to address an election rally of the party candidate, Mr Ajit Inder Singh Mofar.

Untiring candidate on wheelchair
Sangrur, February 9
He is handicapped. But that does not stop him from campaigning daily from 9 am to midnight on a wheelchair. Mr Ranjit Singh Balian, the sitting MLA from Sangrur and a rebel SAD candidate, is contesting as an independent now from the same constituency.

Father’s work, her trump card
Sunam, February 9
Blue tarpaulins cover the courtyard of every second home in the sleepy Chhaajla village. A caravan of vehicles comes to a screeching halt along the roadside. It is the entourage of the Congress candidate, Ms Sonia Arora, breathing life into the sleepy village.

Jalandhar, February 9
Mr Suresh Sehgal, the wrestler-turned-politician who is the BJP candidate from the Jalandhar (North) constituency and is pitted against former minister and Congress heavyweight Avtar Henry, is a first timer with a difference. He sees no difference between a wrestling court and political arena.


BSF intensifies patrolling in border areas
Bhikhiwind/Batala, February 9
The BSF has started intensive patrolling in all border towns where maximum migration of Hindus was reported during the days of militancy. It is keeping a close watch on the people visiting the border towns.

Warrior’s descendants to honour jawans
Attari (Amritsar), February 9
The SAD-BJP government which had promised to give a governance on the pattern of the legendary Maharaja Ranjit Singh failed to release Rs 5 lakh for the face-lifting of the memorial to Sardar Sham Singh Attariwala, a great warrior in the Maharaja’s regime, whose 156th death anniversary will be observed here tomorrow.

NRI lodges complaint against 2 ministers
Chandigarh, February 9
A Punjabi NRI, Mr Amarjit Singh Dhillon, settled in Australia, has petitioned the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, to get his land vacated from one Jarnail Singh alias Gogi, who has illegally grabbed it, reportedly at the behest of two ministers, Mr Sarwan Singh Phillaur and Mr Ajit Singh Kohar.

Voting allowed with ration card, driving licence
Faridkot, February 9
The Election Commission of India has allowed all those voters who have not got made their photo identity cards to exercise their franchise in the ensuing Assembly poll in Punjab.

Campaigning for drug-free poll
Talwandi Sabo, February 9
Maqboolpura (the land of the famous) a residential area located on the outskirts of Amritsar, turned into a locality of widows and orphans as many men have lost their lives to drug addiction.

Residents of Maqboolpura take out a rally at Talwandi Sabo, Bathinda, on Saturday. — Photo Kulbir Beera
Residents of Maqboolpura take out a rally

Gurdwara comes to border villagers’ aid
Maude (Indo-Pak border), February 9
Even as the state government promises to provide food and other facilities to villagers of the border belt of Ferozpore, Gurdaspur and Amritsar have proved hollow, Gurdwara Ishar Parkash Dheena has come forward to help the people. The locals who had moved to safer places due to heightened tension in the region, have returned but are hungry and penniless. They feel the state government has failed to come up to their expectations.
Sant Baba Mohan Singh
Sant Baba Mohan Singh while distributing flour and rice to the border villages at Attari on Saturday. 
— Photo Rajiv Sharma

Widow gets Rs 1 lakh interim relief
Chandigarh, February 9
Nearly 10 years after a Gurdaspur district resident was killed in police custody, Mr Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has ordered the payment of Rs 1 lakh as interim compensation to the victim's widow within six months.

Jobs for 16 terrorist victims
Amritsar, February 9
The Department of Relief and Resettlement in its first instalment has released a list of 16 candidates from the terrorist victim quota who were given jobs in Ludhiana district.


Illicit distillation of liquor: 5 held
Bathinda, February 9
The police has arrested five persons allegedly involved in distillation of illicit liquor and seized an illegal distillery, 300 kg lahan and 13 bottles of illicit liquor. Dr Jatinder Kumar Jain, SSP, said in a press note issued here today that Gurdev Singh, Sukhdev Singh and Mithu Singh were arrested when they were distilling liquor at Phulewala village.


60 polytechnics planned
Phagwara, February 9
The national coordinator of the Community Polytechnic Scheme, Prof S. K. Chopra, said today that under the expansion policy of the scheme. 60 more community polytechnics were proposed to be opened by the Central Government, during the current financial year.

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