SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal Monday alleged that the Punjab government was “patronising an environmental massacre in Punjab by turning a blind eye to the man-made ecological disaster caused by the Chadha Sugar Industries and owners of the distillery.”
Jasmine Chahal, who stood second and scored 99.2 per cent, is daughter of a policeman and a teacher. Abheya, who scored 99 per cent and got third rank, is the daughter of Naveen Arora, who runs a financial institution’s loan franchise while her mother, Devika Arora, is a housewife.
AAP leader Bhagwant Mann is yet to visit the constituency, while Leader of Opposition Sukhpal Khaira has visited just once, the day Rattan Singh filed his nomination papers. Both leaders don’t have a campaign schedule for the constituency for the coming few days.
Having filed their nominations, candidates from the ruling Congress, SAD and AAP Friday intensified their campaigning for the bypoll to the Shahkot Assembly seat, which fell vacant following the demise of its five-time MLA Jathedar Ajit Singh Kohar and is due for polling on May 28.
Inspector Parminder Singh Bajwa, who had booked the Congress candidate for the Shahkot Assembly bypoll Hardev Singh Laddi Sherowalia for illegal mining on May 4, was arrested for assaulting a police officer.
“Every vote for Laddi would be a vote for the future of Punjab as the Congress is the only party that can bring the state’s progress back on track and believes in implementing every single poll promise in contrast to the Akalis,” he said.
The SHO also alleged that he was being victimised for acting against the Congress leader. “What wrong have I committed by lodging an FIR and now I am being told that they (police) are opening a departmental inquiry against me,” he said.
The information procured from the Met Department Chandigarh office revealed that light rain, thunder showers is likely to occur at isolated places in the next 48 to 72 hours in Punjab and that rain and thundershowers is likely to intensify between May 7 and 8.