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Canvassing hits CMís throat, not zeal
Yamunanagar, January 21
Hundreds of residents of three villages, who had gathered to listen to Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala atop his vijay rath, were a disappointed lot when Mr Chautala could not address them due to a 'sore throat'.


Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala atop his vijay rath addresses a public meeting in support of INLD candidate Sahib Singh in Yamunanagar on Friday Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala atop his vijay rath addresses a public meeting in support of INLD candidate Sahib Singh in Yamunanagar on Friday.

Strange moves of BJP members
Hisar, January 21
Members of the local unit of the BJP have been making strange moves ever since the elections to the state Assembly were announced.

Cong to move EC over misuse of govt machinery
Hisar, January 21
Former Haryana Chief Minister and state Congress President Bhajan Lal has alleged that seeing its imminent defeat in the Assembly poll, the Chautala government was misusing government machinery for political gains.

Ballot papers in Braille
Chandigarh, January 21
The Election Commission will be trying the concept of providing ballot papers in Braille to enable visually challenged electors to cast their votes in the forthcoming Assembly polls in Haryana.


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Faridabad has maximum voters
Chandigarh, January 21
In terms of district-wise voters, Faridabad district tops the list in Haryana as it has the maximum number of 12,14,523 electors followed by 10,34,189 voters in Gurgaon district. Panchkula district is at the bottom. It has only 2,44,462 electors.

NCP will fare even better this time: Gen Secy
Sonepat, January 21
The General Secretary of the National Congress Party, Mr Tariq Anwar, claims that the NCP, which has fielded 17 candidates in Haryana, is set to improve its performance in the coming Assembly elections.

Adhere to code, says observer
Panchkula, January 21
The election observer for the Kalka Assembly seat, Mr Y.K. Saini, today asked all political parties to ensure that there is no violation of the Model Code of Conduct, and directions issued by the Election Commission are followed in spirit.

15-year-old girl gang-raped
Sonepat, January 21
A 15-year-old girl was allegedly gang-raped by four youths at Harsana Khurd village, 5 km from here today. According to a report, the victim had gone to the fields when she was raped by the accused. Before fleeing the accused threatened her with dire consequences, if she tried to narrate the incident to her family.

KU staff donate one-day salary
Kurukshetra, January 21
The Teaching and Non-Teaching Employees of Kurukshetra University have donated their one-day salary amounting to Rs 7.5 lakh and students of the College of Education of the university have donated Rs 5,200 towards the Prime Ministerís National Relief Fund.

Cash centres open on Saturdays
Chandigarh, January 21
The Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam has opened its cash collection centres today, which happens to be a holiday on account of Id-ul-Zuha and all Saturdays, otherwise holidays, to facilitate timely payment of electricity bills and avoid rush of consumers at cash collection centres.

Examination postponed
Chandigarh, January 21
The Haryana Staff Selection Commission has postponed the written examination for the posts of clerk in various departments, boards and corporations fixed for January 23 indefinitely.

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Canvassing hits CMís throat, not zeal
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, January 21
Hundreds of residents of three villages, who had gathered to listen to Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala atop his vijay rath, were a disappointed lot when Mr Chautala could not address them due to a 'sore throat'.

It was his political advisor, Mr Sher Singh Badhshami, who spoke on behalf of the Chief Minister.

Mr Chautala could not speak at Kheri Lakha, Hadttan and Bhojpur villages of the Radaour Assembly constituency. But the CM had already addressed over two dozen meetings in the five Assembly constituencies of the district since yesterday.

As per reports, at every stoppage, Mr Chautala had succeeded in attracting impressive crowd. Earlier, in the day, Mr Chautala also addressed series of meetings in Yamunanagar and Jagadhri.

He accused Dr Manmohan Singh-led UPA government of working for the rich people of the country only.

Speaking in his typical style, Mr Chutala, while asking for votes for INLD candidate Sahib Singh from here, said that if voted to power to again, state would become one of the most progressive states of the country.

The Chief Minister promised the public that if voted again, the next seven generations of the people of state would change for better.

Last evening, Mr Chutala had held series of street and public meetings in Sadhaura, Choli village, Chhachhrouli and Jagadhri.

An association of Registered Medical Practicners (RMP) today pledged its support to INLD candidates in the district.

Meanwhile, the election campaigning has picked up in all the seats here.

Ms Roopwati, wife of Congress candidate from Radaour Lehri Singh, today did canvassing for her husband.

The BJP workers were working overtime to make the proposed rally of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on January 25 a grand success.

Another national leader of the party, Sushma Swaraj, would be addressing a rally at Chhachhrouli in support of the party candidate Mr Kanwar Pal. Mr Pal had resigned from the Assembly on the matter of SYL. Bahujan Samajwadi Party supremo Mayawati was scheduled to address public meetings here on January 28 and 30.

Union Minister and Congress leader Kumari Shelja would be holding a rally here on Saturday.

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Strange moves of BJP members
Sunit Dhawan
Tribune News Service

Hisar, January 21
Members of the local unit of the BJP have been making strange moves ever since the elections to the state Assembly were announced. As if to add to the confusion, many of them reverse their earlier decisions, much to the dismay of party loyalists in the city.

Soon after the BJP leadership decided to field Mr Rakesh Sethi from the Hisar constituency, the partyís district unit revolted against his candidature. Mr Sant Singh Rewri, president of the district unit, hurriedly convened a press conference to register protest against the grant of the ticket to Mr Sethi.

Mr Rewri, accompanied by a cross-section of the office-bearers and members of the BJPís local unit, decried the partyís decision to field Mr Sethi. He said Mr Sethi was an outsider to the constituency and his name was not in the panel submitted to the BJPís central leadership.

ďBy the manner the ticket has been granted, it seems that money has exchanged hands in the process,Ē he had said. He added that the possibility of the involvement of the BJP state unit President, Prof Ganeshi Lal, in the entire episode could not be ruled out.

However, after raising much hue and cry over the issue, Mr Rewri took a U-turn and said their protest was the result of a communication gap with the BJP leadership. He even defended the grant of the ticket to Mr Sethi, stating that it was a part of the partyís poll strategy.

Another BJP rebel, Dr Rajender Malik, also made an unprecedented move. Dr Malikís name was in the panel sent to the party leadership, but he was not granted the ticket. Peeved at the denial of the ticket by the BJP, Dr Malik dropped a bombshell - he managed to get the ticket of the Samajwadi Party.

Dr Malik even filed his nomination papers as the official candidate of the Samajwadi Party (SP). His nomination was accepted. But then came another twist in the tale. Staging a perfect anti-climax, Dr Malik withdrew his nomination.

On being asked about his rather strange moves, he said he wanted to show that he could convince a national party to field him even after being denied a chance by the BJP. But why on the earth did he withdraw his nomination? To this, he candidly replied that it would have been against his principles.

ďI had protested against the grant of the BJP ticket to an outsider. After being fielded by the SP, I realised I was an outsider to the party. Hence, I withdrew my nomination,Ē he said. As of now, Dr Malik has decided to support the SP, though he is not contesting.

Interestingly, the BJP candidate, Mr Sethi, is conspicuous by his absence from the constituency. He could not be contacted despite several attempts in this regard. 

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Cong to move EC over misuse of govt machinery
Tribune News Service

Hisar, January 21
Former Haryana Chief Minister and state Congress President Bhajan Lal has alleged that seeing its imminent defeat in the Assembly poll, the Chautala government was misusing government machinery for political gains. He said the Congress would approach the Election Commission with sufficient evidence in this regard.

Mr Bhajan Lal said this while addressing a public meeting at Mangali village, near here, today. He remarked that the INLD leaders had thought of development only after the poll was announced in the state. The Chautala government had not fulfilled even a single promise during its tenure, he added.

Lashing out at the Chautala family, he alleged that they had used power to make huge amounts of money. The Congress leader maintained that the INLD government had discriminated against the Adampur constituency.

Meanwhile, Mr Bhajan Lalís son and Congress MP from Bhiwani Kuldeep Bishnoi inaugurated the election office of Mr Amir Chand Makkad, the partyís candidate from Hansi.

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Ballot papers in Braille
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 21
The Election Commission will be trying the concept of providing ballot papers in Braille to enable visually challenged electors to cast their votes in the forthcoming Assembly polls in Haryana.

Chief Electoral Officer of Haryana, Urvashi Gulati said that specially designed dummy ballot paper in Braille script would be introduced for Gurgaon Assembly constituency on an experimental basis to facilitate the blind.

She said the blind electors would be able to identify the number at which the symbol of the contesting candidate of their choice had been marked on the ballot paper with the help of Braille. After knowing the number at which the candidate of their choice had been mentioned on the Braille ballot paper, they would be able to press the button of the electronic voting machine at the same number. 

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Faridabad has maximum voters
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 21
In terms of district-wise voters, Faridabad district tops the list in Haryana as it has the maximum number of 12,14,523 electors followed by 10,34,189 voters in Gurgaon district. Panchkula district is at the bottom. It has only 2,44,462 electors.

Faridabad district also has the highest number of men voters(6,70,255) as well as the maximum number of 5,44,268 women voters in the state.

While Panchkula district has the lowest number of 281 service electors, including 175 men and 106 women, Bhiwani district, which is the only district to have seven Assembly segments, has the highest number of 13,515 service electors, including 8,883 men and 4,632 women. It is followed by Jhajjar district, which has 9,152 service electors, 5,908 men and 3,244 women. 

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NCP will fare even better this time: Gen Secy
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, January 21
The General Secretary of the National Congress Party, Mr Tariq Anwar, claims that the NCP, which has fielded 17 candidates in Haryana, is set to improve its performance in the coming Assembly elections.

Talking to mediapersons here on Wednesday, after inaugurating the election office of the party nominee and sitting MLA, Mr Dev Raj Dewan, Mr Anwar said party supremo and Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar would visit Haryana from January 27 to 30.

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Adhere to code, says observer
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 21
The election observer for the Kalka Assembly seat, Mr Y.K. Saini, today asked all political parties to ensure that there is no violation of the Model Code of Conduct, and directions issued by the Election Commission are followed in spirit.

He was presiding over a meeting of representatives of various political parties. He asked all political parties and candidates in the constituency to maintain records of expenditure made throughout the campaigning period.

Deputy Commissioner Neelam P. Kasni said if there were any complaints about excess expenditure, these should be made to her or the Observer.

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15-year-old girl gang-raped
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, January 21
A 15-year-old girl was allegedly gang-raped by four youths at Harsana Khurd village, 5 km from here today.

According to a report, the victim had gone to the fields when she was raped by the accused. Before fleeing the accused threatened her with dire consequences, if she tried to narrate the incident to her family. She returned to her home and narrated the incident to her parents. Two of the accused Ram Krishan and Bhola are residents of the same village.

The parents of the girl lodged a complaint with the Sadar police station in this regard. The girl was taken to the local Civil Hospital for medical examination which confirmed the gang-rape. The police has launched a hunt to apprehend the culprits who are still at large.

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KU staff donate one-day salary
Our Correspondent

Kurukshetra, January 21
The Teaching and Non-Teaching Employees of Kurukshetra University have donated their one-day salary amounting to Rs 7.5 lakh and students of the College of Education of the university have donated Rs 5,200 towards the Prime Ministerís National Relief Fund.

Stating this yesterday, a university spokesman said that the amounts had been sent to Prime Ministerís Office.

Similarly, Mr Jagjit Singh Virk, president, Senior Citizens Forum, Kurukshetra, said today that a demand draft for Rs 22,601 was submitted to the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Subhash Goyal, on Monday.

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Cash centres open on Saturdays
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 21
The Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) has opened its cash collection centres today, which happens to be a holiday on account of Id-ul-Zuha and all Saturdays, otherwise holidays, to facilitate timely payment of electricity bills and avoid rush of consumers at cash collection centres.

While stating this here yesterday, a spokesman of the nigam said the cash collection cent res would, therefore, remain open on these holidays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the districts of Panchkula, Ambala, Yamunanagar, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Karnal, Panipat, Sonepat, Jind, Rohtak and Jhajjar.

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Additional charge for Razdan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 21
Ms Rajni Razdan, Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Haryana, Housing Department, has been given the additional charge of Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Planning and 20-Point Programme Department, in addition to her own duties during the leave period of Ms Promila Issar.

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Examination postponed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 21
The Haryana Staff Selection Commission has postponed the written examination for the posts of clerk in various departments, boards and corporations fixed for January 23 indefinitely.

Giving this information here yesterday, the secretary of the commission said the next date would be notified later.

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