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Take me on if you can, CM to Akalis
Patiala, February 2
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh launched his campaign in this constituency late last evening by addressing a roadside rally in the Badungar area. He proved a crowd-puller with people coming on the rooftops of nearby houses to listen to him.



Lambi: Win or lose, there will be a Badal
Lambi (Muktsar), February 2
It is Badal versus Badal in this high-profile constituency. The SAD supremo, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, faces his cousin, Mr Mahesh Inder Singh Badal, who happens to be the son of his mentor, Teja Singh, in a fiercely contested poll battle.

‘Gapori’ versus ‘tyrant’
Dera Bassi/Rajpura, February 2
As the date of polling draws near, the election scene is turning dirty with candidates hitting below the belt.

Sonia to target Badal borough
Chandigarh, February 2
Congress president Sonia Gandhi will concentrate on the cotton belt of Malwa. Notably, she is will address a rally in the pocket borough of the Badal family, Gidderbaha, on February 7 and 10.

Not in race for CM slot: Dullo
Abohar, February 2
PPCC president Shamsher Singh Dullo has categorically denied being in the race for chief ministership. During a visit to the Balluana reserved constituency last evening, Mr Dullo was apparently disturbed over allegations levelled by the party candidate, Mr Ravinderpal Singh Sandhu, against the DCC president, Mr Gurnaib Singh Brar, accusing the latter of supporting the SAD candidate, Mr Janmeja Singh Sekhon, in the Ferozepore Cantt constituency,

‘Kanwaljit Singh will lose poll’
Mohali, February 2
“Capt Kanwaljit Singh, SAD general secretary, will lose the Punjab Assembly elections from two constituencies because he is fighting a proxy battle in Kharar and neglecting Banur ,” said Mr Balbir Singh Sidhu, Congress candidate contesting the elections from the Kharar constituency.

Democracy under threat: Bardhan
Bathinda, February 2
Lashing out at the Congress as well as the SAD-BJP alliance, the CPI general secretary, Mr A.B. Bardhan, today said democracy was in danger in Punjab. He urged the electorate not to reduce the state to one having a two-party system.

The CPI general secretary, Mr A.B. Bardhan, addresses a rally in Bathinda on Friday.
— A Tribune photograph
The CPI general secretary, Mr A.B. Bardhan, addresses a rally in Bathinda

Shekhar pitches in for Congress
New Delhi, February 2
Former Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar today appealed to the people of Punjab to vote for the Congress in the Assembly elections. Mr Chandra Shekhar, who has not been well for some time now, issued a written appeal extending the Samajwadi Janata Party’s support to the Congress for “peace, prosperity and stability in Punjab.”

Party fields two from one seat
Bathinda, February 2
If their election campaign in anything to go by, two candidates have been contesting the elections on the General Samaj Party ticket from Bathinda. Both of them have got their election symbols too.

Disabled and discarded
Chandigarh, February 2
“Since we are already rejected by society at large, various political parties, too, have ignored us,” rue disabled and handicapped persons who roughly account for 3 per cent of the total votes in Punjab.

Acquisitions a thorn in Raghunath’s path
Gurdaspur February 2
The BJP greenhorn, Mr Dinesh Babu, is facing Congress strongman Raghunath Sahay Puri from the Sujanpur Assembly constituency. Though this constituency comprising kandi areas of the state bordering Jammu and Kashmir has been a Congress stronghold, the young BJP candidate is posing a tough challenge.

His battle is against graft
Dasuya, February 2
Mr Amarjit Singh Shahi was expelled from the Congress in 2002. Having built a mass base over the past five years, this Doon School product knows the Dasuya constituency and its problems like the back of his hand. There are no jobs because there are no avenues. Economic growth and development are therefore his priorities.
Amarjit Singh Shahi

Something fishy about Khangura’s affidavit
Chandigarh, February 2
Serious doubts have arisen about the veracity of affidavits filed by a Congress candidate for the ensuing elections. While filing his papers before the Returning Officer for the Qila Raipur constituency, the Congress candidate, Mr Jasbir Singh Khangura, submitted two affidavits as is mandatory under the directions of the Election Commission of India.

Notice to Khanna, Mittal
Nangal, February 2
The BJP MP, Mr Avinash Rai Khanna, a former BJP minister and party candidate from Nangal, Mr Maddan Mohan Mittal, and the SE (Headquarters, BBMB), Nangal, were served notice for violating the Model Code of Conduct.

Rajpura rally: SAD-BJP show of strength
Rajpura, February 2
In its first show of strength here ahead of the February 13 elections, the SAD-BJP alliance today gave a clarion call to voters to throw out the “corrupt and inefficient” Amarinder Singh government.

BJP leader Sahib Singh (left) and SAD supremo Parkash Singh Badal at a rally in Rajpura on Friday.

BJP leader Sahib Singh (left) and SAD supremo Parkash Singh Badal at a rally in Rajpura

Kang seeks divine blessings
Mohali, February 2
Congress candidate from Morinda constituency Jagmohan Singh Kang visited Mata Jayanti Devi temple with his family members to pay obeisance at the temple. Hundreds of people from the area and other devotees also accompanied Kang.

Independent, 3 others held for defacing public property
Mohali, February 2
The police arrested an Independent candidate who is contesting Punjab elections from Kharar constituency and three others on a charge of defacing public property. Mr Gurinder Singh Dhillon, SSP, said Bhajan Singh Shergill and three others were arrested and later released as the offence was bailable.


95 found absent during poll rehearsal
Mohali, February 2
As many as 95 employees were found absent during the first rehearsal conducted for the polling staff in Kharar constituency at Shivalik Public School, Phase VI, here today. Taking strict notice of the absence the authorities concerned have informed Deputy Commissioner-cum-district election officer Tejveer Singh about this.

Symposium on fungal biology ends
Patiala, February 2
A two-day National Symposium on the topic “Researches in Fungal Biology: Emerging Trends” organised by the Department of Botany, Punjabi University, concluded here today. More than 100 scientists and researchers from various parts of India participated in this symposium.


9 cops suspended for thrashing 4 youths
Batala, February 2
The local SSP today placed nine police personnel who were the gunmen of the SHO, Civil Lines police station, and the Inspector, Mr Harbir Singh of the special staff, under suspension. These police personnel had allegedly beaten up four teenagers near the cinema road area.


Student found dead
Amritsar, February 2
Deepak Mangla, a final year MBBS student of Government Medical College here, was found dead in his hostel room under mysterious circumstances here yesterday. The police has sent the body for the post-mortem examination and initiated an inquiry after registering a case under Section 174 of the CrPC at Majitha road police station.


Dental college students protest
Patiala, February 2
Students of all dental colleges of Punjab staged a protest in front of the Government Dental College, Patiala. They were protesting against the indifferent attitude of the Baba Farid University of Medical Sciences management.


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