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Fake votes charge against Henry
BJP accuses minister of tampering with voters’ list
Jalandhar, July 10
Charging a Punjab minister and a former Congress Municipal councillor of tampering with the voters’ list by getting fake names included in the 30 North Jalandhar constituency, eight residents from the area, with the support of some BJP leaders, put forward their objections before the Election Registrar Officer at a booth set up at the Guru Gobind Singh Stadium here today.
Buses of the Kartar Bus Service stand outside a booth set up at the Guru Gobind Singh Stadium in Jalandhar Buses of the Kartar Bus Service stand outside a booth set up at the Guru Gobind Singh Stadium in Jalandhar on Monday. Tribune photo — Pawan Sharma

PPCC decries BJP’s cycle yatra
Phagwara, July 10
Secretary of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee Parminder Mehta today described the Punjab BJP’s “Cycle Yatra” led by the party’s state president Avinash Rai Khanna as “a flop show and a political stunt that cannot be successful, as people of the state have rejected the party that’s facing deep factionalism”.




 



Phillaur MLA blows own trumpet
Jalandhar, July 10
Blowing the trumpet of his own achievements, Chaudhary Santokh Singh, the MLA from Phillaur, today said he was confident of winning the seat back in the forthcoming Assembly elections.

PSEB students, parents block road
Jalandhar, July 10
Protesting against the decision of the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) not to accept forms for reappearing in the compartment examinations, students of Class X and Plus Two along with their parents blocked the road in front of the local depot at Ladowali Road here today.
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Compartment students along with their parents queue up at a local depot of the Punjab School Education Board in Jalandhar on Monday. A Tribune photo 
Compartment students along with their parents queue up at a local depot of the Punjab School Education Board in Jalandhar

Protests continue over power crisis
Jalandhar, July 10
Members of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) today held a dharna in protest against the power crisis in the state in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office here.

Demand for police action
Kapurthala, July 10
Aged Nishan Singh from Fatu Dhinga village today urged the police to book the in-laws of his deceased daughter Harminder Kaur on murder charges. The woman died on April 11 and her in-laws were arrested under Section 304 B of the IPC. Her husband, Narinderjeet Singh, is absconding.

 

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Fake votes charge against Henry
BJP accuses minister of tampering with voters’ list

Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, July 10
Charging a Punjab minister and a former Congress Municipal councillor of tampering with the voters’ list by getting fake names included in the 30 North Jalandhar constituency, eight residents from the area, with the support of some BJP leaders, put forward their objections before the Election Registrar Officer at a booth set up at the Guru Gobind Singh Stadium here today.
The transport company employees appear before the Election Registration Officer following complaints of inclusion of fake votes in a Jalandhar
The transport company employees appear before the Election Registration Officer following complaints of inclusion of fake votes in a Jalandhar constituency. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

Making a direct allegation against Mr Avtar Henry, Minister of Food and Supplies and an MLA from the constituency, the residents claimed that undue influence was being used to correct illegalities in the registration of votes from a house where none of the family of voters was residing.

The complaint, put forth through an advocate, was redressed by Mr Gurnam Singh, District Revenue Officer.

The counsel for the other party, however, said he would file a reply on July 12, for which he was given a consent.

Soon, hundreds of employees of the Kartar Bus Service in 13 buses arrived at the spot and got their presence marked with the officials by showing ID cards of the transport company.

In the written complaint, it was alleged that more than 5,000 votes were being illegally registered and included in the list with malafide intentions. The complainants said they had checked 12 out the 107 booths in the constituency and found that 908 votes had been “wrongly” included.

Giving details, they claimed that 425 votes (from 1026 to 1450) had been formed with the address as Kartar Bus Service in house number 169 from booth number 88 and ward number 9. They alleged that 84 votes (from 1232 to 1450) had also been formed from the address of one Vijay K. Kumar residing at house number 1045, booth number 14 and ward number 15.

The complainants alleged that all the votes were registered at the instance of Congress (I) Party with an ulterior motive to win the elections by foul means.

“Such a large number of people cannot live at one property. The persons, whose names have been included in the list, might have been registered in the voters’ list of other Assembly constituencies”, they alleged.

It was also alleged that official records had been tempered with for preparing ration cards for the purpose of voter identification.

The counsel for the complainants said since the persons whose votes had been registered were not ordinarily residents of the house, as defined in Section 20 of the Representation of People Act, these had been prepared wrongly. He demanded that the entries in the electoral rolls be corrected, if found erroneous, under Section 22 of the Act.

The counsel added that the persons making false declaration or committing breach of official duty were liable to be prosecuted under Sections 31 and 32 of the Act.

A copy of the complaint, he said, had been dispatched to the Secretary, Election Commission of India, Mr K.F. Wilfred, Chief Electoral Officer, Punjab, Mr Babu Lal, and District Electoral Officer, Mr A. Venu Prasad. 

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PPCC decries BJP’s cycle yatra
Tribune News Service

Phagwara, July 10
Secretary of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee Parminder Mehta today described the Punjab BJP’s “Cycle Yatra” led by the party’s state president Avinash Rai Khanna as “a flop show and a political stunt that cannot be successful, as people of the state have rejected the party that’s facing deep factionalism”.

Addressing a press conference here, Mr Mehta claimed that no senior BJP leader, including former BJP presidents and former BJP ministers, participated in the rally. “They only attended BJP National President Rajnath Singh’s rally,” he further claimed.

Mr Mehta claimed the Congress would return to power with “a thumping majority”.

The SAD-BJP combine, he alleged, could not come up to the expectations of the people as both parties were passing through “deep internal crisis as proved by the Amritsar and the Ludhiana episodes ”.

The PPCC secretary urged the Chief Minister to take immediate steps to improve the power situation and initiate stern measures to control the rise in the prices of essential commodities. 

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Phillaur MLA blows own trumpet
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, July 10
Blowing the trumpet of his own achievements, Chaudhary Santokh Singh, the MLA from Phillaur, today said he was confident of winning the seat back in the forthcoming Assembly elections.

“I’ve managed to get crores of rupees for my constituency for getting pending works completed. On the coming Sunday, the Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh, and the PPCC President, Mr S.S. Dullo, will be visiting my constituency to launch a Rs 7.39 crore sewerage and water supply scheme,” the MLA said while addressing a press conference at Circuit House.

He added that the Chief Minister would also open a grain market and the Master Gurbanta Singh Community Hall. The MLA said party function would also be held on the campus of Government Girls’ Senior Secondary School at Phillaur.

Chaudhary Santokh Singh repeatedly talked about the up liftment of government schools. But when he was told that the only government elementary school sans any teacher in an urban area fell in his own constituency, he said, “Actually the posts of teachers had not been filled, but they have been managing it conveniently by deputing a teacher from a nearby school falling in the same cluster. Now posts of ETT teachers are being filled. So there should be no problem”.

On being quizzed about the poor performance of the students from government schools in Phillaur in the Punjab School Education Board examinations this year, he said, “Government schools have been in a bad state everywhere. I’m doing my best. I’ve ensured that all schools in my constituency must get an extra classroom this year,” the MLA added. 

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PSEB students, parents block road
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, July 10
Protesting against the decision of the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) not to accept forms for reappearing in the compartment examinations, students of Class X and Plus Two along with their parents blocked the road in front of the local depot at Ladowali Road here today.

The students, mostly from Noormahal, Bhogpur and Shahkot, had formed long queues in front of the office window from 9 am, but to their surprise, the officials refused to accept their forms even after two hours.

Over 150 students who had gathered in the depot premises were told that the last date of submitting the forms had been changed from July 13 to July 7, so their forms would not be accepted.

The parents requested the local depot manager, Mr S.S. Bhullar, to help them out. But he too expressed helplessness.

Mr Bhullar said he had been directed not to take any forms after July 7. He contended that the board had advertised about change of date in several dailies twice last month.

But the parents remained adamant. They said they had not seen any advertisement of the sort. The parents then asked the local depot manager to contact the board officials at Mohali but Mr Bhullar could not get in touch with them.

The parents themselves tried doing so, but to no avail. As time passed by, some disgruntled students and parents left the office, but most of them stayed back and kept raising slogans. They then blocked the road in front of the office. The dharna was lifted only after police intervention.

Soon, the depot manager allowed the Class X students to submit their forms without paying additional late fee.

However, due to heavy rush and a single counter set up for the purpose, the students had to stand for long hours again. Then a separate counter for students reappearing for Plus Two examinations was set up.

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Protests continue over power crisis
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, July 10
Members of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) today held a dharna in protest against the power crisis in the state in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office here.

The farmers lambasted the Punjab government for its apathy. They rued that they had been assured of eight hours of continuous power supply every day, but were not getting electricity for more than five hours, that too with cuts.

President of the union Manjit Singh Kadian claimed that the power supply to the farmers had been cut by 40 per cent. “But other communities are less affected. The cut for them is less than 15 per cent over the promised schedule,” he added.

Mr Kadian said the government could easily have check the power crisis by disallowing people to use air conditioners.

The union also urged the government to fix minimum support price for sugarcane at Rs 165, pulses and oilseeds at Rs 2860, paddy at Rs 795 and cotton at Rs 3750 per quintal.

Meanwhile, members of the Pendu Mazdoor Union held a dharna in front of the SSP Office demanding the release of four farmers and the union’s district secretary. They also gave a representation to the Deputy Commissioner.

The members said four farmers were arrested on Saturday while they were protesting against power cuts.

President of the union Tarsem Peter claimed that when the union’s district secretary Kashmir Singh Ghugshore went to the police station to enquire about the farmers, he too was arrested and sent to judicial custody.

The protesters demanded the immediate release and revoking of all charges against the detainees. 

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Demand for police action
Tribune News Service

Kapurthala, July 10
Aged Nishan Singh from Fatu Dhinga village today urged the police to book the in-laws of his deceased daughter Harminder Kaur on murder charges. The woman died on April 11 and her in-laws were arrested under Section 304 B of the IPC. Her husband, Narinderjeet Singh, is absconding.

Nishan Singh, in a press conference today, said since her daughter’s postmortem report said it was a case of murder, the in-laws should be booked under Section 302.

He announced a reward of Rs one lakh to any person who would tell the whereabouts of his absconding son-in-law.

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