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Badal misused official machinery: Cong
‘CM used govt chopper for poll campaign’
Chandigarh, May 9(From left) Nasib Singh Gill, Avtar Singh Brar, Mohinder Singh Gill and Lakhwinder Singh visit the office of the state election commissioner in Chandigarh on Friday.
Levelling allegations of misuse of official machinery, the Congress today demanded a probe into the use of a government helicopter by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

(From left) Nasib Singh Gill, Avtar Singh Brar, Mohinder Singh Gill and Lakhwinder Singh visit the office of the state election commissioner in Chandigarh on Friday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Rural Polls
Dera chief mum on giving support
Cong candidates in flux

Bathinda, May 9
The Congress campaigners for the Zila Parishad and Block Samiti elections in Punjab have developed cold feet as controversial Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim has not obliged them by issuing a directive to his followers to vote for their candidates.

Santa Singh cremated amidst tension
Rival group to hold parallel ‘bhog’Nihangs carry the body of Baba Santa Singh for cremation in Patiala on Friday.
Patiala, May 9
Nihang leader Baba Santa Singh was cremated at Chauni Agamgarh here today amidst heavy deployment of police force and tension. 

Nihangs carry the body of Baba Santa Singh for cremation in Patiala on Friday. — Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar



Baba Balbir Singh New Nihang chief for drug-free state
Patiala, May 9
Making Punjab a drug-free state, weaning the Punjabi youth away from the dominating Western culture and to bring them back into the fold of religion are the two goals set by new Budha Dal chief Baba Balbir Singh.
Baba Balbir Singh, a former aide of Baba Santa Singh, was nominated by Baba Santa Singh as his successor in April 2007 and had formally taken over the reins of the Budha Dal in October.        Baba Balbir Singh


Amarinder ‘sick’, poll onus on Bhattal
Chandigarh, May 9
Rift in the Punjab Pradesh Congress is having an adverse effect in the campaign for Amritsar (South) Assembly seat bypoll with former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh sitting it out due to a reported illness even as his supporters are going through motions so that they do not invite any disciplinary action.


Without voter card? EC shows the way
Chandigarh, May 9
The state election commission has directed the returning officers in the state to allow voters to cast their votes by taking into consideration other identification documents in case they do not have electro photo identity cards (EPIC) with them.

Panel of lawyers
State Congress president Rajinder Kaur Bhattal has constituted a committee of eminent lawyers to help victims of government repression during the Zila Parishad and Panchayati Raj elections. The committee comprises former advocate-generals Harbhagwan Singh, Gopal Krishan Chatrath and Joginder Singh Wasu, former deputy speaker Naseeb Singh Gill, S.K. Pipat and former MLA Basant Singh. 

Govt offices to remain closed on Monday
Chandigarh, May 9
The Punjab government has declared a holiday on May 12 (Monday) in its offices, boards, corporations and education institutions on account of general election of the Panchayat Samitis and Zila Parishads.

South Indian tinge to Punjabi language
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 9
Here is a South Indian who has been promoting the use of Punjabi language and imparts lessons in the same. He has even undertaken a cycle journey to spread awareness on the use of the language.

Lecturers protest ‘forced’ poll duties
Patiala, May 9
The Punjab Government College Teachers’ Association is up in arms against the state government decision to force government college lecturers, who are class-1 (group A) gazetted officers, on poll duty.

EC appoints 2 observers
Gurdaspur, May 9
The state Election Commission (EC) has appointed two observers to keep a close watch on the smooth functioning of the Block Samiti and Zila Parishad elections to be held in the district on Monday.

No enthusiasm among masses
Moga, May 9
Unlike elections of the Vidhan Sabha, the Lok Sabha and the gram panchayat, the Zila Parishad and Block Samiti elections in the district seem to be a low-key affair with hardly any interest being shown by the common people.


High Court
Cong candidate Goldi seeks blanket bail 
Chandigarh, May 9
Nearly a fortnight before the byelection to the Amritsar south constituency, Congress candidate Navdeep Singh, alias Goldi, today sought blanket bail after expressing apprehensions regarding the use of “unfair and illegal” means by the Shiromani Akali Dal to emerge victorious in the elections.

HC nod to 6 Cong candidates
Gurdaspur, May 9
Justifying the highhandedness of the ruling Akali leadership, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked six Congress candidates from Kahnuwan to go ahead with the Block Samiti and Zila Parishad elections from their respective areas. Former Punjab PWD minister Pratap Singh Bajwa said the court had directed the Election Commission to consider the candidatures of six (four Block Samiti and two Zila Parishad) Congress candidates from Kahnuwan.


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