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Punjab : 25,000 govt. jobs announced after CM Bhagwant Mann’s first cabinet meeting

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India]: Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann’s government on Saturday passed a proposal of providing a total of 25,000 government jobs in its first Cabinet meeting, the chief minister’s office said.

“The Cabinet has passed the proposal of providing a total of 25,000 government jobs, including 10,000 vacancies in the Punjab Police department and 15,000 vacancies in other government departments,” CM Mann was quoted as saying.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in its poll promise had said that after the formation of the government, they will provide jobs to the unemployed youths.

Among other poll promises of the AAP in Punjab, the national convenor of the party and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had promised to improve the condition of government schools and hospitals in the state, generate employment avenues, free electricity up to 300 units per billing cycle and also promised Rs 1,000 per month to women above 18 years.

He had also promised a corruption-free government and controlling drug menace in the state.

Earlier on Thursday, Mann announced that an anti-corruption helpline will be launched in the state on ‘Shaheed Diwas (Martyr’s Day)’ on March 23.

Mann had said that the people will be able to lodge complaints against corruption via WhatsApp.

Ten ministers were sworn in today in Punjab, with senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders Harpal Singh Cheema and Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal joining the Bhagwant Mann led Cabinet in the state.

The ministers took oath of offices at a swearing-in ceremony in Chandigarh at Raj Bhawan.

The oath was administered by Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit.

Besides Cheema and Dhaliwal, the AAP MLAs — Dr Baljit Kaur, Harbhajan Singh ETO, Dr Vijay Singla, Lal Chand Kataruchak, Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer, Laljit Singh Bhullar, Brahm Shankar Jimpa and Harjot Singh Bains — were sworn in at the ceremony in the Raj Bhavan.

The AAP won a landslide victory in the recently concluded Punjab Assembly polls, winning 92 seats, pushing most of its rivals to the margins of the electoral politics in the state. (ANI)

Swearing-in ceremony of Punjab ministers, CM Bhagwant Mann Promises ‘Good Governance’

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India]: The induction ceremony of the newly formed Punjab government will be held tomorrow in Chandigarh.

Once the ministers are sworn in at around 11 am, they will assume the charge in the Punjab Civil Secretariat, and later participate in the first cabinet meeting of the Aam Aadmi Party-led Punjab government at 12.30 pm.
Earlier, on March 17, Punjab’s newly-elected MLAs including Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann took oath as members of the Legislative Assembly. The legislators were administered the oath of office and secrecy by Protem Speaker Dr Inderbir Singh Nijjar.

“Sworn-in as MLA in Punjab Vidhan Sabha. The Aam Aadmi Party government will bring a new change in Punjab for which the people have chosen us. Our government will be known as the most honest government of Punjab,” Mann had tweeted.

AAP leader and the party’s face for recently held Punjab assembly polls took oath as the Chief Minister of the state on March 16.

AAP recorded a landslide victory in the recently concluded Punjab assembly polls winning 92 seats, sidelining most of its rivals. (ANI)

Punjab CM to launch anti-corruption helpline, says complaints will be received on his WhatsApp

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India]: Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Thursday announced that an anti-corruption helpline will be launched in the state on Shaheed Diwas on March 23.

The newly elected chief minister said that people will be able to lodge complaints against corruption via WhatsApp.
“99 per cent of people are honest, because of 1 per cent the system breaks down,” said Mann.

Mann had also taken to Twitter to post, “On the martyrdom day of Bhagat Singh ji, we will launch the anti-corruption helpline number. That will be my personal WhatsApp number. If anyone asks you for a bribe, send it to me by recording a video/audio of it. A strict action will be taken against the corrupt. Corruption will no longer work in Punjab.”

A day after Mann assumed office, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-led Punjab government took the first step towards fulfilling the promises which it had made during the run-up to the state assembly polls – a corruption-free government and controlling drug menace in the state that shares a border with Pakistan.

The AAP registered a landslide victory in recently concluded Punjab Assembly polls, winning 92 seats, pushing most of its rivals to the margins. Congress won 18 seats in the 117-member Assembly. (ANI)

Bhagwant Mann, Arvind Kejriwal pay floral tributes at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar

Amritsar (Punjab) [India]: Punjab CM-designate Bhagwant Mann and Aam Aadmi Party national convenor Arvind Kejriwal visited Jallianwala Bagh on Sunday and paid floral tribute at the memorial ahead of a roadshow in Amritsar.

Before visiting the memorial, two senior AAP leaders visited Golden Temple to seek blessings.

The senior AAP leadership will also be visiting Durgiana Temple and Valmiki Temple before commencing their roadshow, thanking the voters for electing the AAP to power in Punjab.

The swearing-in ceremony of the new government will be held on March 16 at Khatkar Kalan, the native village of legendary freedom fighter Bhagat Singh.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) registered a landslide victory in the Punjab polls with 92 seats, pushing most of its rivals to the margins. Congress won 18 seats in the 117-member Assembly. (ANI)

 

Punjab: AAP govt to take oath on March 16 at Bhagat Singh’s native village

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India]: Punjab Chief Minister-designate Bhagwant Mann on Saturday said that the swearing-in ceremony of the new government will be held on March 16 at Khatkar Kalan, the native village of legendary freedom fighter Bhagat Singh.

Mann on Saturday met Governor Banwarilal Purohit at Raj Bhavan in Chandigarh to stake claims to form the government in the state.

Speaking to reporters today after meeting Purohit, Mann said, “I met Governor today. I handed over the letter of support from our MLAs and staked claims to form a government. The Governor asked us for the place and time of the oath ceremony.”
“It will be held at the native village of Bhagat Singh, Khatkar Kalan, at 12.30 pm on March 16,” he said.

Mann said that historic decisions will be taken soon after the government is formed after the oath-taking ceremony.

He said, “People from across Punjab will come to the ceremony, and they will also pay tribute to Bhagat Singh. We will have a good cabinet, and historic decisions, never made before, will be taken by the new government. So, you will have to wait.”

Mann has invited Delhi Chief Minister and AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal for the oath-taking ceremony.

Mann and Kejriwal will hold a roadshow in Amritsar on March 13 over the party’s victory in the Assembly polls.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) registered a landslide victory in the Punjab polls with 92 seats, pushing most of its rivals to the margins. Congress won 18 seats in the 117-member Assembly. (ANI)

AAP’s Bhagwant Mann to take oath as Punjab CM in Bhagat Singh’s village Khatkarkalan

Sangrur (Punjab) [India]: As Aam Aadmi Party poises for a historic verdict in the state, Bhagwant Mann, MP from Sangrur and party’s CM face, said on Thursday that he will take the oath as Punjab’s Chief Minister in Bhagat Singh’s village Khatkarkalan, and not at the Raj Bhawan in Chandigarh.

“I will take oath as the CM in Bhagat Singh’s village Khatkarkalan, not at the Raj Bhawan,” Mann, said in Sangrur.
Mann also said that in his term, no government offices will have Chief Minister’s photos. “There will be pictures of Shaheed Bhagat Singh and Babasaheb Ambedkar,” he said.

Mann has won from Sangrur district’s Dhuri assembly constituency by a margin of 58,206 votes over Congress’ Dalvir Singh Goldy.

Mann was announced as AAP’s chief ministerial candidate on January 18. The party claimed the decision was taken after it conducted telephonic polls to decide the chief ministerial candidate.

Born in Satoj village of Sangrur in 1973, Mann started his career as a comedian. He began his political career in 2011 with the Punjab Peoples Party, which is led by Manpreet Singh Badal. In 2012, he fought the elections from the Lehragaga constituency but lost.

Later, he joined the Aam Aadmi Party in 2014 and contested the election from the Sangrur Lok Sabha seat. His importance in Punjab politics increased when he defeated the veteran leader of Punjab Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, who was then with Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).

Mann has been elected to the Punjab Lok Sabha seat of Sangrur for two terms in a row since 2014.

He gained popularity from his satires in the TV show ‘Jugnu Mast Mast’. He also featured in several other comedy shows.

According to the Election Commission of India, AAP has won 65 seats and is leading on 27 others at 4:40 PM in the 117 seat Punjab assembly.

As AAP wins Punjab, it will be the party’s maiden victory in the state and a vast improvement from its performance in the 2017 elections when it had finished second behind Congress. (ANI)

 

Elections 2022: Congress will form govt with a two-thirds majority in Punjab, says CM Channi

            

Kharar (Punjab) [India](ANI): Punjab Chief Minister and Congress leader Charanjit Singh Channi on Sunday said that the grand old party will form the government with a two-thirds majority in Punjab, which went to single-phase Assembly polls on Sunday.

“The Congress party will form the government with 2/3rd majority in Punjab,” Channi told reporters after casting his vote in Kharar.
Channi also said that people are supporting Congress in large numbers. There is overwhelming support for the party among voters, he added.

The Chief Minister is contesting the polls from Chamkaur Sahib and Bhadaur constituencies. He is also the Chief Ministerial candidate of the party.

Earlier in the day, Channi urged the people of Punjab to exercise their constitutional rights and cast their valuable vote.

Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, who is the Congress’s chief ministerial face, is contesting from two seats Chamkaur Sahib and Bhadaur. Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu is facing SAD’s Bikram Singh Majithia, AAP’s Jeevanjyot Kaur, and BJP’s Jagmohan Singh Raju in Amritsar (East).

Punjab is witnessing a multi-corner contest this time with Congress, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Shiromani Akali Dal-Bahujan Samaj Party alliance, and the coalition of Bharatiya Janata Party-former chief minister Amarinder Singh’s Punjab Lok Congress party as key players.

An average voter turnout of 63.44 per cent was recorded in Punjab till 5 pm on Sunday. In Punjab, the highest voter turnout was in the Mansa constituency with 73.45 per cent, followed by Malerkotla (72.84 per cent) and Sari Muktsar Sahib (72.01 per cent), according to the Election Commission of India. The average voter turnout was the lowest in Sahibjada Ajit Singh Nagar with 53.10 per cent.

The counting of votes will take place on March 10. (ANI)(instagram)

Amit Shah assures Punjab CM Channi of probe into AAP’s ‘links with separatist outfit SFJ’

         

New Delhi [India], (ANI): Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday assured Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi that the Centre has taken the matter of the alleged links between the banned organisation ‘Sikhs for Justice’ and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) seriously and he would personally ensure that the matter is looked into in detail.

Earlier, the Punjab Chief Minister had written to Shah alleging that the banned organization Sikhs for Justice is in touch with AAP.
The Union Home Minister said Punjab Chief Minister had requested an investigation against the Aam Aadmi Party taking the help of banned separatist organization Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) for Punjab Assembly polls.

“A political party maintaining a connection with a banned, anti-national and separatist organization and seeking help in elections is a serious concern for national security. This kind of agenda is in accordance with agenda of the country’s enemies. It is condemnable that these people are joining hands with separatists and working towards threatening Punjab as well as nations’ security in the greed of power,” Shah said in his letter to the Punjab Chief Minister.

The Union Home Minister assured the Punjab Chief Minister that the central government took cognizance of the matter and will not allow anyone to threaten the country’s unity and integrity. “I personally will ensure that the matter is looked into in detail,” said Shah.

In his letter to the Union Home Minister, the Punjab Chief Minister said, “Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), which is a banned organization, is in constant touch with Aam Admi Party. The SFJ has given support to AAP in the elections to the State Assembly in 2017 and similarly in these elections too. The SFJ has exhorted the electorate to vote for the Aam Aadmi Party. This is a serious issue of compromising the security and integrity of the country and thus needs to be investigated. I would urge upon you to immediately get this matter investigated for taking appropriate action in this regard.”

Assembly polls for 117 assembly seats in Punjab will be held on February 20. The results will be declared on March 10. (ANI)

Punjab Polls: Rajnath Singh, Captain Amrinder Singh hold roadshow in Patiala

Patiala (Punjab) [India], February 18 (ANI): Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, along with Punjab Lok Congress founder and former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, conducted a roadshow in Patiala on Friday ahead of the Punjab election.
As the lockdown restrictions eased, various people came forward to join the BJP-PLC roadshow. On Thursday, the state former Chief Minister conducted the roadshow in Amargarh and Malerkotla. Amrinder Singh is contesting the election from his home constituency, Patiala Urban. In this election, PLC is contesting along with its alliance BJP and Shiromani Akali Dal (Sanyukt).
Punjab will go to the polls on 20 February and the counting of votes will take place on March 10. (ANI)(instagram Image )

Congress set to announce CM face for Punjab; Navjot Sidhu says all will abide by Rahul Gandhi’s decision

               

Amritsar (Punjab) [India]: Ahead of the announcement of the Congress chief ministerial candidate for the Punjab assembly elections, party’s state unit chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Sunday said that everyone will follow Rahul Gandhi’s decision.

“Nothing great was ever achieved without an act of decision …. Warm welcome to our leading light Rahul Ji, who comes to give clarity to Punjab …. All will abide by his decision !!!” Sidhu said in a tweet.
Earlier, Congress Punjab in-charge Harish Chaudhary said that Rahul Gandhi will announce the party’s Chief Ministerial face for the Punjab Assembly polls on February 6 during his virtual rally in Ludhiana.

In an apparent dig at the Congress top leadership, Punjab unit chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Thursday had said that the “people at the top” want a weak Chief Minister who can dance to their tunes.

Punjab will go to the polls on February 20. The counting of votes will take place on March 10. (ANI)(image-instagram)

Rahul Gandhi kicks off Punjab Assembly polls campainging with Golden Temple visit

               

Amritsar (Punjab) [India](ANI): Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who is on a day-long visit to Punjab for campaigning of the upcoming assembly polls, visited the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Thursday.

The Congress leader was accompanied by Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and the party’s state chief Navjot Singh Sidhu.
Following his visit to Golden Temple, Rahul Gandhi will pay obeisance at Durgiana Mandir and Bhagwan Valmiki Tirath Sthal along with all the 117 candidates in an apparent show of strength ahead of Assembly elections that are due next month.

Gandhi will then travel to Jalandhar by road where he would address the virtual rally “Navi Soch Nava Punjab” at White Diamond, Mithapur, Jalandhar.

Notably, this is the first visit of Rahul Gandhi since the imposition of a ban on physical rallies by the Election Commission of India at the start of the month.

Punjab will go to the assembly polls on February 20. The counting of votes will take place on March 10. (image -instagram)

Punjab Assembly poll postponed, voting on February 20

              

New Delhi [India]: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has decided to postpone the voting dates for the Punjab Assembly election to February 20. Earlier, the State was scheduled to go for polls on February 14.

This comes after several political parties, including Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party and former chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s party Punjab Lok Congress, requested the Commission to postpone the elections.
Sources said that the request was made as many people from the Scheduled Caste community from State are likely to visit Varanasi, in view of Guru Ravidas birth anniversary on February 16.

According to the statement issued by the ECI, the last date for filing the nomination for the candidates is on February 1, while the candidates can withdraw their nominations till February 2.

The results will be announced on March 10. (ANI/Image – ANi)

PM Security breach: SC sets up Committee headed by retired Justice Indu Malhotra

               

New Delhi [India] (ANI): The Supreme Court on Wednesday set up a Committee headed by a retired top court judge, Justice Indu Malhotra to probe into the security lapse during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Punjab visit on January 5.

A Bench of Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli while setting up the independent Committee said such an issue of relating to breach of security of Prime Minister cannot be decided by “one sided inquiry” of Centre or the State government and it has to be by a “judicially trained mind”.
The other members of the Committee are Director General of National Investigation Agency (NIA) or his nominee not below the rank of IG, DGP Union Territory of Chandigarh, ADGP of Punjab (Security) and Registrar General of Punjab and Haryana High Court.

The Bench said the Committee will inquire into causes of the security breach, persons responsible for the breach and the future measures to be taken for preventing such security breaches of VVIPs.

The top court asked the Committee to submit a report at the earliest.

It also asked Registrar General of High Court to submit all records and documents collected by him on orders of the apex court to inquiry panel.

The five member Committee will inqure into the issue of breach of PM Mondi’s security and Court stayex all existing inquiries into the matter.

“We are of considered opinion that this can’t be left to one sided inquiries. A judicially trained independent mind assisted by officers, well acquainted with security considerations, and High Court Register Gener, who seized records on our orders, would inquire into the incident,” the Bench said.

The top court’s order came on a PIL seeking judicial probe into breach of Prime Minister’s security while on a visit to Punjab.

The apex court, earlier on Monday, while hearing a plea over the Prime Minister’s security lapse issue had decided to constitute an independent committee headed by a retired top court judge to investigate the matter.

The plea in the top court was filed by ‘Lawyers’ Voice’ alleging that PM’s security breach was a deliberate lapse on part of the State and sought the preservation of evidence on security arrangements and action against “erring” officials of the Punjab government.

It also sought direction to the district judge, Bhatinda to collect “all official documents and materials from all possible sources” pertaining to the movements and deployment of Punjab Police in connection with the visit at the earliest and produce the same before this court.

“Issue a writ of mandamus or any other writ, order or direction fixing responsibility of Respondent No. 2 (chief secretary) and Respondent No.3 (DGP) and place them under suspension and further direct the Respondent No. 4 (Centre) to initiate departmental action against the same,” it added.

The Prime Minister was stuck atop a flyover for 15-20 minutes while on his way to Ferozpur, Punjab earlier this month due to the road being blocked by some protesters. The Ministry of Home Affairs termed it as a “major lapse” in his security. (Pics- instagram)

Ban political Rallies: Amid COVID-19 surge, Punjab Health Minister requests ban on political rallies, CM to take decision soon

           

Chandigarh [India]: Amid surging COVID-19 cases, Punjab Health Minister OP Soni on Tuesday said that political rallies with huge gatherings should be banned and informed that Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi will soon take a decision on it.

Punjab Assembly elections are slated to be held this year.

Addressing a press conference here, the Health Minister said, “I think, that if we are closing schools and colleges then even rallies with mass gatherings should be banned. But until the Centre issues such guidelines, no decision can be taken.”

“As per the Central government’s guidelines, there are no restrictions on rallies,” he added while also informing that Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi will be calling a Corona review meeting, and “will take a decision on it (banning rallies) soon”.

The Punjab government has imposed a night curfew in the state from 10 pm to 5 am until January 15.

In a press release, the state government said, “Movement of individuals for all the non-essentials activities shall remain prohibited between 10 pm and 5 am within municipal limits of all the cities and towns of Punjab. The district authorities are accordingly asked to issue prohibitory orders under section 144 of CrPC and ensure strict compliance.”

All bars, cinema halls, multiplexes, malls, restaurants, spas, museums, zoos, etc have been allowed to operate at 50 per cent of their capacity subject to all staff present being fully vaccinated. AC buses will run at 50 per cent of capacity.

Meanwhile, all sports complexes, stadia, swimming pools, gyms shall remain closed.

“Moreover, only fully vaccinated staff will be allowed to attend the government and private office, the order read. (ANI)

Punjab polls: Induction of Cong, Akali leaders part of BJP’s strategy to gain lost ground

               

New Delhi [India]: Ahead of 2022 Punjab polls, induction of Congress and Shiromani Akali Dal leaders into Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday is part of BJP’s strategy to get back on its feet in the border state after the hostility it faced due to the Central farm laws, sources said.

“After the withdrawal of farm laws, BJP is trying to get back on its feet in Punjab. As part of its strategy, BJP is inducting leaders from other political parties. Recent induction is part of that strategy,” said a source.
“Before the withdrawal of farm laws, BJP was facing a lot of opposition in Punjab. Supporters of the farmers’ movement were not even allowing BJP leaders to campaign in their area,” a source said.

Congress MLA Fateh Singh Bajwa from Qadian seat and Balwinder Singh Laddi from Shri Hargobindpur Sahib seat joined BJP here in the national capital in presence of Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on Tuesday.

Bajwa is brother of Congress Rajya Sabha member Pratap Singh Bajwa.

Besides, Shiromani Akali Dal leader Gurtej Singh Gundhiyana, President of United Christian Front Punjab Kamal Bakshi, Advocate in Punjab and Haryana High Court Madhumeet, Civic body member from Nihal Singh Wala, Jagdeep Singh Dhaliwal, Ex-MP from Sangoor Rajdev Khalsi and Former cricketer Dinesh Mongia also joined the party.

Sources said, with these joining, BJP hopes that the political environment in the poll-bound state will turn in its favour again after the withdrawal of farm laws.

BJP has lost its long term ally in Punjab, Shiromani Akali Dal on the issue of farm laws.

However, ahead of polls, BJP has formed a new alliance with Captain Amarinder Singh’s Punjab Lok Congress and Shiromani Akali Dal (Sanyukt).

Assembly polls are set to be held in Punjab early next year.

In the 2017 Punjab Assembly polls, Congress won an absolute majority in the state by winning 77 seats and ousted the SAD-BJP government after 10 years.

Aam Aadmi Party emerged as the second-largest party winning 20 seats in 117 member Punjab Legislative Assembly. The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) could only manage to win 15 seats while the BJP secured 3 seats.

Punjab Politics: 22 Patiala corporators, Congress leaders join Amarinder’s Punjab Lok Congress

               

Patiala (Punjab) [India]: As many as 22 Patiala corporators and Congress leaders joined former Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s new party Punjab Lok Congress at a party event on Friday ahead of the Assembly elections next year.

The event was presided over by Biba Jai Inder Kaur, daughter of Amarinder Singh.
Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party is all set to contest Punjab Assembly elections in alliance with Punjab Lok Congress.

Union Minister and Punjab BJP in-charge Gajendra Singh Shekhawat confirmed this information on Friday and said to reporters, “After 7 rounds of talks, today I confirm that BJP and Punjab Lok Congress are going to fight the upcoming Punjab Assembly elections together. Topics like seat share will be discussed later.”

Punjab Lok Congress leader and former CM Captain Amarinder Singh today met Union minister and Punjab BJP in-charge Gajendra Singh Shekhawat at the latter’s residence in Delhi.

Punjab Lok Congress chief Amarinder Singh told reporters today, “We are ready and we are going to win this election. The decision on seat sharing will be taken on the seat to seat basis, with winnability being the priority. We are 101 per cent sure of winning this election.”

Punjab is slated to go to Assembly polls next year. (ANI)

Punjab polls 2022: Congress forms committees, appoints Ajay Maken as screening panel chief

New Delhi [India]: Congress has announced committees for the 2022 Punjab Assembly polls, with AICC general secretary Ajay Maken being the chairman of the screening committee.

The party has appointed Ambika Soni as the chairperson of the Election Coordination Committee. Pratap Singh Bajwa has been appointed as the Manifesto Committee chairperson and Sunil Jhakar is the new Election Campaign Committee chairperson for Punjab.
The three-member screening committee will include secretary in-charge of Chhattisgarh Chandan Yadav and AICC Joint Secretary Krishna Allavaru.

Other members of the screening committee will be AICC in-charge of Punjab Harish Chaudhary, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, PCC chief Navjot Singh Sidhu, campaign committee chairman Sunil Jakhar, and AICC secretaries for the state.

Assembly poll in Punjab is scheduled to be held early next year. (ANI)

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Punjab polls: SAD, BSP exchange Mohali, Ludhiana North seats with Raikot, Dina Nagar

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India]: Ahead of Punjab Assembly elections, Shiromani Akali Dal and Bahujan Samajwadi Party on Tuesday announced the exchange of Mohali and Ludhiana North seats with Raikot and Dina Nagar seats.

Former Punjab Education Minister and SAD leader Dr Daljit S Cheema informed today that the total seat share of both parties remains the same.
In a tweet, Cheema wrote, “The SAD President S Sukhbir Singh Badal and BSP President S Jasbir Singh Garhi have jointly announced the exchange of Mohali and Ludhiana North seats which were with BSP with Raikot and Dina Nagar seats which were earlier with SAD. The total seat share remains the same.

Punjab is scheduled to go for Assembly polls in 2022.

In the 2017 Punjab Assembly polls, Congress won an absolute majority in the state by winning 77 seats and ousted the SAD-BJP government after 10 years. Aam Aadmi Party emerged as the second-largest party winning 20 seats in 117-member Punjab Legislative Assembly. The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) could only manage to win 15 seats while the BJP secured 3 seats.

Channi meets Rahul

New Delhi [India] : Amidst the political turmoil in Punjab, Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi met Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday in the national capital.
As per sources, in the crucial meeting at Rahul Gandhi’s residence in Delhi, Congress discussed the upcoming strategy for the Punjab election. The meeting came after former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh announced that he will form a new political party that will field candidates on all 117 seats in the upcoming Assembly elections in 2022.
In the meeting that lasted for about 2:30 hours, Congress leaders discussed the strategy for the upcoming Punjab election.
Apart from Channi and Gandhi, Congress organization general secretary KC Venugopal, Punjab in-charge Harish Chaudhary were also present in this meeting.
Meanwhile, Congress Punjab In-charge Harish Chaudhary met Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi yesterday at 10 Janpath.

Punjab : New party

Chandigarh [India] : Former Punjab Chief Minister Captain (retired) Amarinder Singh announced on Wednesday that he will soon share the name and symbol of his new party once it is confirmed by the Election Commission.
“Yes, I will be forming a new party. The name will be announced once the Election Commission clears it, along with the symbol. My lawyers are working on it,” Singh said in Chandigarh. Amarinder Singh addressed the press conference sharing the details of the achievements of his 4.5 years of government in Punjab.
Earlier, Amarinder Singh media advisor Raveen Thukral had announced through a series of Tweets, former Punjab Chief Minister will launch a party of his own.
In the tweets earlier, Singh had also claimed that his new political outfit might form an alliance with the BJP too if the issues of farmer protest are resolved in the interest of farmers.
Singh resigned last month as the chief minister and had announced that he will be quitting the Congress after months of rift with Congress state chief Navjot Singh Sidhu.
He had resigned ahead of Congress legislature party meeting which was called amid unending factional battles in the ruling Congress in the state. Singh was replaced by Charanjit Singh Channi as the chief minister of the state.

Amarinder Singh backs BSF’s jurisdiction extension in Punjab; set to meet Amit Shah tomorrow

Former Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, on Wednesday, reiterated his support to the Centre’s decision to enhance the jurisdiction of the Border Security Force (BSF) in Punjab, and said the purpose of the Central paramilitary force is to secure international borders and not take over the state government.
“They (BSF) are here to secure our borders not take over the government. Nobody is taking over the state,” said the former Chief Minister. Captain further said that the “payloads and range of drones” coming in from Pakistan are increasing and Punjab Police need help from “specialised agencies” to deal with the situation.
“First drown came 1.5 years back. They used to drop payloads only across the river. Then they started coming 7-8 km inside the border. The last information I have is that they have come 31 km into the border. Range and payloads are increasing,” said Captain Amarinder Singh.
“The BSF is not going to take care of state security, they will track drones that are extending their capacity. The Punjab Police is a trained force and but they are not trained for handling drones or cross border smuggling,” added Singh.
Captain Amarinder Singh also shared his plan of paying a visit to the Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday to discuss various issues including farmers’ protests.
“Tomorrow we are taking some people with us, around 25-30 people, and we will be meeting the Home Minister,” said former Congress leader.
The Centre through a notification has empowered the Border Security Force (BSF) to conduct searches, arrest suspects and make seizures up to an area of 50 km inside Indian territory from the International Border (IB) in five states–including Punjab– along India-Pakistan and India-Bangladesh borders.
Captain while addressing the media also announced that he is forming a new political party, name and symbol of which will be shared once cleared by the Election Commission.
Singh resigned last month as the chief minister and had announced that he will be quitting the Congress after months of a rift with Congress state chief Navjot Singh Sidhu.
He had resigned ahead of Congress legislature party meeting which was called amid unending factional battles in the ruling Congress in the state. Singh was replaced by Charanjit Singh Channi as the chief minister of the state.

Rahul Gandhi stresses Congress has to work for all irrespective of their caste, says Punjab party leader

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India]: Ahead of Punjab’s new Cabinet formation, Congress leader Amarinder Singh Raja quoted party leader Rahul Gandhi as saying that the party has to work for the last person standing in the queue irrespective of their caste.

“Rahul Gandhi has always said that Congress has to work for the last person standing in the queue, be it Dalit, Jatt Sikh or Hindu. People should think that the government is of common people. Work should be done in the welfare of the common people,” he told ANI on Sunday.
Raja, who is an MLA from Gidderbaha, also said that now there is nothing left for any political party other than Congress to do in Punjab.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal had promised 300 units of free electricity to people in Punjab, as the party geared up for the upcoming 2022 Assembly elections. However, in a bid to bring relief to the people, Raja said that the Punjab Government is set to bring in new reforms regarding domestic electricity for the welfare of the people.

“As soon as our Chief Minister took charge, he removed electricity meters. I believe the Chief Minister is set to make a big announcement regarding domestic electricity,” said the Congress leader.

Newly-appointed Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi has done a lot of work in just five days, he noted.

Channi took oath earlier this month as the 16th Chief Minister of Punjab and succeeds Captain Amarinder Singh, who resigned from the topmost position in the state following months of infighting between him and Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Navjot Singh Sidhu.

“Channi ji and Sidhu Sahab will create a new environment in Punjab,” said Raja.

Referring to the tenure of Amarinder Singh, he further said that for the first time in the history of Punjab, a chief minister served for 9.5 years. “Now, he should stand behind the new Punjab government and shower his blessings. He should assure that he would be available whenever he is required,” concluded the Congress leader.

Meanwhile, the Punjab cabinet expansion is currently underway at Raj Bhawan. (ANI)

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