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One dead, two shot at
Ludhiana, June 10
The MC elections turned into a battleground to settle scores, causing the death of one person while two sustained bullet injuries in the head and are for life at a local hospital.

A heavy police posse rushes to Ward No. 1 where the supporters of Baljinder Singh Goggi and an Independent clashed in Ludhiana on Sunday.
A heavy police posse rushes to Ward No. 1 where the supporters of Baljinder Singh Goggi and an Independent clashed in Ludhiana on Sunday. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan 




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SAD wins 27 seats, Congress 19
Ludhiana, June 10
Several new faces have entered the MC House. The SAD has won 27 seats, BJP 12, Congress 19 and Independents 17. Randhir Singh Sibia won from ward number 1, from where his wife Ratanjit Kaur was sitting councillor. 

1 dies, 3 hurt in road mishaps
The badly damaged Indica Vista car which met with an accident near Aligarh village on the Ludhiana-Moga highway near Jagraon on Sunday.Jagraon, June 10
One person died while three others sustained injuries in three road accidents that took place near Jagraon in the past 24 hours. In the first accident, a person driving a tractor on the Leelan-Sherpur link road near Jagraon died when the vehicle overturned last night. The deceased was identified as Bobby, a resident of Kothe Fatehdeen village near Jagraon.

The badly damaged Indica Vista car which met with an accident near Aligarh village on the Ludhiana-Moga highway near Jagraon on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Meera fifth in state, Jaskirat eighth in AIEEE
Ludhiana, June 10
Meera Gupta and Jaskirat Singh from the city clinched the fifth and eighth positions in the state, respectively, in the All-India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE), the results of which were declared late last night. The all-India ranking of Meera is 193 and Jaskirat 286.


Various hues outside polling booths


l Women voters show their identity cards during the polling in Ludhiana. 
l An elderly couple goes to a polling booth.
l Policemen take stock of the situation at Bazigar Dera in Ludhiana. 
l A policeman with a knife that he had recovered from a party worker. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan

 




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SAD-BJP combine wins 8 seats out of 13
Machiwara, June 10
The Akali Dal-BJP combine retained power in the nagar panchayat elections here by securing eight out of 13 seats. The elections were held for 12 wards while a candidate of the Akali Dal, Rupinder Singh Benipal, was declared elected from Ward No. 8 as the Congress candidate had withdrawn his nomination.

All for a change

An elderly woman, Lajwanti, on her way to a polling station in Ludhiana.
An elderly woman, Lajwanti, on her way to a polling station in Ludhiana.

Congress fails to maintain hold on Amloh council
AMLOH, JUNE 10
The SAD-BJP alliance got better of the Congress-backed candidates to win the Amloh municipal council elections held on June 7. The results of elections held in 12 out of the 13 wards in the council were declared by the SDM-cum-returning officer Mukand Singh Sidhu here today. Earlier, SAD candidate Vickey Mittal from ward number 10 had been declared elected unopposed.

Akali-BJP retain chieftainship
Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 10
The SAD-BJP alliance has retained the chieftainship of the Malaudh Nagar Panchayat. While SAD candidates Indu Puri, Sukhjit Lalli, Rachhpal Kaur, Manjit Kaur and Nirmal Singh defeated their rivals in their respective wards, Sonia Goyal was declared victorious unopposed. BJP supported candidate Rajinder Kumar won from Ward No 3.

Honey retains fatherís seat
Jagraon, June 10
The SAD-BJP candidate, Honey Goel, emerged victorious from ward number 13 in the MC by-elections.

Quiet enthusiasm among first-time voters
Ludhiana, June 10
The younger generation was out to vote. While it was a novel experience for some, it was a sign of their coming of age for the others. There was a quiet enthusiasm among first-time voters.

The young brigade after casting their vote in Ludhiana on Sunday.
The young brigade after casting their vote in Ludhiana on Sunday. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Migrant voters act as a deciding force 
Ludhiana, June 10
Though as compared to the municipal elections held in 2007, this time the population of migrant voters saw a dip in the city. More than 20 wards have a sizable migrant population. If their union leaders are to be believed, about 30 per cent of the total results will be influenced by the migrant population in the civic poll this time.

Form 17-A not available at booths
Ludhiana, June 10
On the one hand, team Anna and civil society have been demanding amendment in the election rules to make the option of right to reject, but voters from the city rather rejected the idea by not demanding Form 17-A from the presiding officers.

Some preferred to stay away from all things political
Voters show their identity cards during the polling for the municipal corporation elections in Ludhiana. Ludhiana, June 10
Although it was a day out for many who enthusiastically exercised their right to vote, there were some who did not participate in the "dance of democracy". Some said the candidates were not of their choice while the others lacked confidence in the old candidates.


Voters show their identity cards during the polling for the municipal corporation elections in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Political power not needed for social work: Eunuch
Ludhiana, June 10
Sona, in her mid-thirties, is waiting for Dadar Express on the railway platform. She will spend her entire day on the train. It's her daily routine. She has been residing in Ludhiana for 15 years, but she is unaware of the MC elections.

Visually impaired exercise their franchise
Basanti and Kali Parsad show their voter cards. Ludhiana, June 10
Visually impaired made it a point to exercise their right this time. But it was not Braille that helped them cast their vote, they were escorted by helpers to the EVMs. In Vidhan Sabha elections, visually impaired cast vote with the help of Braille. Symbols of various political parties are inscribed on a paper.



Basanti and Kali Parsad show their voter cards.

See-saw moment for Akali leader
Ludhiana, June 10
SAD leader Harish Rai Dhanda takes out a victory procession in Ludhiana. Later, he learnt that he had lost to the Cong candidate by 300 votes. Termed as a big blow to the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) and a continuation of bad luck for Senior Akali leader Harish Rai Dhanda. It was a see saw moment for him as after being "declared winner" from ward number 28, Dhanda carried out a victory procession in the ward, but the Congress candidate, Maharaj Singh Raji, who had contested against him, alleged that the SAD was making false claims just to misguide the voters.
SAD leader Harish Rai Dhanda takes out a victory procession in Ludhiana. Later, he learnt that he had lost to the Cong candidate by 300 votes. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Some brave heat, others stay indoor
Ludhiana, June 10
Huge turn out was witnessed at the polling booths today. But with the rise in temperature, people preferred to stay indoor.

Wives of 3 MLAs make it to MC
Ludhiana, June 10
Three wives of local MLAs have made it to the Municipal Corporation. These include Mamta Ashu, wife of Ludhiana (west) MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu; Paramjit Kaur, wife of Gill MLA Darshan Singh Shivalik; and Narinder Kaur, wife of Ludhiana (east) MLA Ranjit Singh Dhillon.

Wise enough to choose the right candidate, say residents
Ludhiana, June 10
Not only the ones residing in posh localities, but also those living in "underdeveloped" wards in Sherpur, Dhandari and Industrial Areas knew about their rights. They did not feel shy to admit that the "easily-approachable" person would be given the priority.

Giaspura does it again
Ludhiana, June 10
Outgoing Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura is probably the only councillor in the state who has become Mayor for the fifth time in a row. He has been winning the elections since 1991, the year when Ludhiana city got a Municipal Corporation. Today, he again won the elections from Ward No. 72. Giaspura had unsuccessfully contested the recently held Vidhan Sabha elections from the Ludhiana South constituency and the SAD denied ticket to his son, Jaspal Singh Giaspura, a councillor from Ward No. 74.



 




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