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3 SAD (A) leaders quit party
Jalandhar, July 11
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) received a big jolt today after three of its senior leaders— Dr Harjinder Singh Jakhu, Mr Sukhwinder Singh Khalsa Kotli Than Singh and Mr Gurmit Singh Uchha Pind— not only said “goodbye” to the party, but also dubbed the top leadership a “puppet” in the hands of the Congress.
Dr Harjinder Singh Jakhu  and Sukhwinder Singh Khalsa address a press conference in Jalandhar after quitting SAD (A) on Tuesday Dr Harjinder Singh Jakhu (L) and Sukhwinder Singh Khalsa address a press conference in Jalandhar after quitting SAD (A) on Tuesday. — A Tribune photo

Now, SAD (B) accuses Cong of fake votes
Kapurthala, July 11
After BJP, it was the turn of the SAD (Badal) to accused Congress of getting more than 2,000 fictitious voters included in the Kapurthala Assembly constituency during the recent revision of the electoral rolls. The party demanded that the “fake” names be deleted.




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Excise Dept impounds goods worth crores
Jalandhar, July 11
Goods worth crores of rupees, dispatched from New Delhi for Jalandhar by traders who had allegedly tried to evade sales tax, were impounded today by the Excise and Taxation Department officials from the railway station here.





The impounded goods being unloaded at the Jalandhar Railway Station on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma
The impounded goods being unloaded at the Jalandhar Railway Station on Tuesday

Funds released for roads
Kapurthala, July 11
The state government yesterday released Rs 44.78 lakh for the repair of roads in the urban areas of Kapurthala district. Minister of Welfare of SCs & BCs and Development of Women & Children Gurkanwal Kaur released the funds at a meeting of the District Development and Planning Board.

 

 

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3 SAD (A) leaders quit party
Varinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Meanwhile, Mr Anoop Singh Minhas, a senior SAD (A) leader, ridiculed the trio for coming out with “meaningless statements”. “Dr Jakhu was shown the door about 8-10 months back, when two cases of cheating were registered against him under Section 420 of the IPC by the Sangrur police. Since his ouster, Dr Jakhu, who has been operating as a travel agent and who still owes lakhs of rupees to people, has been trying to come back into the party fold,” he alleged.

Jalandhar, July 11
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) received a big jolt today after three of its senior leaders— Dr Harjinder Singh Jakhu, Mr Sukhwinder Singh Khalsa Kotli Than Singh and Mr Gurmit Singh Uchha Pind— not only said “goodbye” to the party, but also dubbed the top leadership a “puppet” in the hands of the Congress.

Dr Jakhu was the party’s general secretary, Mr Sukhwinder Singh Khalsa, president of the district (rural) unit and Mr Uchha Pind, a senior leader.

They have now decided to adopt a wait and watch policy on whether to join the SAD (Badal) or the Congress.

Dr Jakhu and Mr Sukhwinder Singh Khalsa had been known for their proximity with the SAD (A) President Mr Simranjit Singh Maan.

What provoked them to part ways with the SAD (A), they claimed, were the “shameful” clashes, first on July 2 at Amritsar, during a function related to 400th anniversary of the establishment of the Akal Takht, and then at Ludhiana on July 9, when workers of the two Akali factions exchanged blows.

Dr Jakhu and Mr Sukhwinder Singh Khalsa claimed that they had resigned from the party today. Dr Jakhu however did not say anything about his “ouster” from the party. He claimed that he would be the general secretary of the party till he puts in his papers.

Expressing anguish over the incidents, the three leaders alleged that the incidents had not only lowered the prestige of the Sikhs the world over, but had also resulted in an indirect advantage to the Congress.

They said a section of the top SAD (A) leadership had effected these clashes “at the insistence of the Congress, so that it can propagate a wrong image of the Sikhs among people of the state with the Assembly elections near.”

“Certain SAD (A) leaders are helping the Congress in one way or the other. Leaders of the party are not allowing Mr Maan to run the party according to his policies and programmes. The same people designed the recent clashes and the same people have brought militant leader Bhai Daljit Singh in to the party’s fold,” Dr Jakhu and Mr Sukhwinder Singh Khalsa alleged.

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Now, SAD (B) accuses Cong of fake votes
Tribune News Service

Kapurthala, July 11
After BJP, it was the turn of the SAD (Badal) to accused Congress of getting more than 2,000 fictitious voters included in the Kapurthala Assembly constituency during the recent revision of the electoral rolls. The party demanded that the “fake” names be deleted.

The allegation was made by former Punjab Minister and SAD District president Raghubir Singh. He said he had also sent a complaint to the Chief Election Commissioner in this regard.

Mr Raghubir Singh demanded the appointment of special observers from outside Punjab to check the bogus votes and the irregularities in the preparation of the electoral rolls.

However, Deputy Commissioner and DRO Raminder Singh termed the allegations levelled by the SAD (B) as “baseless”.

He said all electoral registration officers were listening to the claims and objections till July 24 and he had not got any complaints in this regard so far. “If a specific complaint is received, the matter will be inquired into,” he added.

Addressing mediapersons earlier, Mr Raghubir Singh had alleged that more than 2,000 bogus votes had come to their notice and the party had already lodged objections to returning officer and SDM A.K. Sikka on 1,400 such votes.

The former minister claimed that a random scrutiny of the voters’ lists of some booths amended up to July 3 had revealed that many bogus voters were enlisted who were not actually residing in the area. In support of his allegations, a lists of voters not residing in their respective wards was also presented.

In his complaint to the Commission, allegations have also been levelled against the returning officer who had allegedly ignored objections levelled by former Municipal Council president Paramjit Singh and SAD (B) councillor Shaminder Kaur.

Mr Raghubir Singh further alleged that many migrants working in factories were on the list.

He claimed that during the 2004 by-elections, Election Commission observers had found more than 11,000 fake votes.

He alleged that the district administration was specially organising Suvidha Camps in the Kapurthala Assembly constituency where fake ration cards and driving licences were being prepared without adopting formal procedures.

He also alleged that these licenses and ration cards wewre used to prepare bogus votes during the amendment of the lists.

The former minister demanded a ban on the holding of Suvidha Camps. 

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Excise Dept impounds goods worth crores
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, July 11
Goods worth crores of rupees, dispatched from New Delhi for Jalandhar by traders who had allegedly tried to evade sales tax, were impounded today by the Excise and Taxation Department officials from the railway station here.

The goods had reportedly reached the station at 5.30 am on Sunday via four Blue Parcel Vans booked by the railways. But the goods were not unloaded till this afternoon, as the lessee contractors— Jalandhar-Delhi Goods Carrier— had not come to lift the items on time, probably trying to avoid the officials from the Excise and Taxation Department who had reached there before them on a tip off and were demanding that the vans be checked, contending that the traders had not paid the requisite sales tax.

The railway officials said they could not open the items before 48 hours. After waiting for two days, at 11.30 am today, a notice was pasted by the railway officials on the parcel vans on the orders of the Chief Parcel Officer warning that the items would be unloaded by the railway officials and a penalty would be imposed in case no one turned up to lift the items in four hours time.

Even as the lessee contractors turned up before the deadline got over, it took the officials another hour to complete the official formalities before unsealing a van and unload the goods. The goods seemed to be electrical equipments: huge rolls of wires, cables and consumables.

Mr Narinder Soni, Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner, said the goods would be taken away by the department where the traders would be asked to produce relevant documents, pay penalties and taxes that were due.

He said the amount would be calculated in the presence of the party which could take more than 10 days.

The official said checks on sales tax evasion had now become much easier after an amendment made last month by the Centre. 

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Funds released for roads
Tribune News Service

Kapurthala, July 11
The state government yesterday released Rs 44.78 lakh for the repair of roads in the urban areas of Kapurthala district.
Minister of Welfare of SCs & BCs and Development of Women & Children Gurkanwal Kaur released the funds at a meeting of the District Development and Planning Board.

Also chairperson of the board, the MLA released Rs 11 crore and 70 lakh under the State Initiatives Scheme for different development works in the district.

This includes Rs five crore for making the Kali Bein pollution-free.

She also released a sum of Rs 12.164 crore to different departments for developmental works. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Raminder Singh, the Deputy Commissioner, said a Suvida Camp on pensions would shortly be organised.

He said a number of steps would be taken to keep historical Kali Bein clean.

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248 kg poppy husk seized

Phagwara, July 11
The police yesterday arrested a man after seizing from him 248 kg of poppy husk kept in eight sacks during a raid at a house in Hadiabad locality. Giving this information here today, ASP Sukhchain Singh Gill said a police team headed by ASI Inderjit Singh, on a tip off, had put up a naka in Hadiabad locality where one Gurdayal Ram, a resident of Kripa Nagar, was hiding along with the cache. — TNS

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Four booked for fraud

Phagwara, July 11
The Phagwara police today booked four persons, including a woman, for allegedly duping a resident of Manawali village of Rs 3 lakhs here. Complainant Baljit Singh had told the police that three persons, identified as Mohinder Singh, Sohan Singh, Gurbachan Singh, all brothers, along with Minni, the wife of Mohinder Singh, had struck a deal of Rs 10 lakh in January last year for sending him to England. The accused are residents of Dalla village. — TNS

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