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Three men trip Badal, son, Sant

Badal files papers amid code violation
Malout, January 22
A former Chief Minister and SAD president, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today filed his nomination papers from the Lambi Assembly constituency here amid violation of the Model Code of Conduct.

Sukhbir flouts poll code
Gidderbaha, January 22
A case of violation of the Model Code of Conduct came to the fore in Gidderbaha when a helicopter landed in the town to pick up SAD general secretary Sukhbir Singh Badal.

Sant gets notice from RO
Ropar, January 22
The SDM-cum-Returning Officer, Ropar, Mr Parminder Singh Gill, today issued a notice to the SAD patron Sant Ajit Singh. The Sant was accompanied by party workers in a cavalcade of vehicles, when he came to file his papers.

 

 

 

 

Badal files papers amid code violation
Perneet Singh
Tribune News Service

The SAD supremo, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, files his nomination papers from the Lambi Assembly seat in Malout on Monday.
The SAD supremo, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, files his nomination papers from the Lambi Assembly seat in Malout on Monday. Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera 

Malout, January 22
A former Chief Minister and SAD president, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today filed his nomination papers from the Lambi Assembly constituency here amid violation of the Model Code of Conduct.

Seeking a re-election for the third time in a row from Lambi, Mr Badal reached the office of the Returning Officer in a Toyota Innova at quarter past noon with a large number of supporters flocking to the court complex.

He filed three sets of nomination papers and his wife Surinder Kaur Badal was among the ones who proposed his name. His brother and former MP, Mr Gurdas Singh Badal, filed his papers as a covering candidate.

Soon after handing over his nomination papers to the RO, Mr Badal interacted with the media inside the RO's office, while a section of mediapersons was waiting for him outside.

Asked about the media interaction, the RO said he was busy receiving the papers of Mr Gurdas Badal and was unaware of the goings-on at the rear portion of the room.

As Mr Badal came out of the office after filing his nomination, enthusiastic supporters raised slogans in his favour and showered petals on him. As per the code of conduct, raising slogans is prohibited on the premises. This violation also came to light when a senior SAD leader, Mr Manpreet Badal, filed his nomination papers from the Gidderbaha Assembly seat.

Surprisingly, a Punjab Public Service Commission member, Mr Paramjeet Singh Dhillon, was also spotted among the SAD supporters accompanying Mr Parkash Singh Badal.

When confronted, Mr Dhillon said he had come to the DTO office for renewal of his driving licence.

Earlier, talking to mediapersons, Mr Badal justified the allotment of the SAD ticket to turncoats, stating that winnability was a major criteria for the decision.

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Sukhbir flouts poll code
Tribune News Service

Gidderbaha, January 22
A case of violation of the Model Code of Conduct came to the fore in Gidderbaha when a helicopter landed in the town to pick up SAD general secretary Sukhbir Singh Badal. He was here to address a rally in support of Mr Manpreet Badal. The helicopter landed at Malwa School, despite having no permission from the authorities concerned.

The Returning Officer, Mr Charandev Singh Mann, said it was a clear case of code violation and he had reported the matter to the CEO.

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Sant gets notice from RO
Kirandeep
Tribune News Service

Ropar, January 22
The SDM-cum-Returning Officer, Ropar, Mr Parminder Singh Gill, today issued a notice to the SAD patron Sant Ajit Singh. The Sant was accompanied by party workers in a cavalcade of vehicles, when he came to file his papers from the Anandpur Sahib constituency here this morning.

The notice was issued to Sant Ajit Singh through the district president of the SAD. A former chairman of the parliamentary affairs committee of the SAD, the Sant dissociated from the Akalis and concentrated on religious activities. He rejoined the party in April last year on the behest of SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal. He was defeated in 1980 by Basant Singh of the Congress.

After filing the papers, the Sant said his main agenda was to root out corruption. There were a number of villages in his constituency where the people remained deprived of basic amenities like potable water and electricity.

In his affidavit, the Sant declared he had Rs 50,000 in cash, Rs 30,000 in fixed deposits, two vehicles, including an Innova and a Qualis and non-agricultural land worth Rs 5 lakh. While mentioning his qualification, he stated that he had studied up to the middle level. Dr R.S Parmar filed papers as the covering candidate.

The Returning Officer said the notice was issued after I received information that vehicle carrying the Sant was followed by a number of vehicles of his supporters when he came for filing nominations.

When contacted, Sant Ajit Singh denied the allegation and said that he and his supporters had reached the office in two vehicles.

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Doesnt own a car

Malout, January 22
He has been at the receiving end of his rivals' allegations of amassing wealth and property to the tune of hundreds of crores, but as per the assets declared by the SAD chief, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, he and his wife Surinder Kaur Badal do not own a car and the value of their assets is below Rs 9 crore. TNS

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