The government, on the other hand, is handling the situation arising out of the call given by several farmers organisations to gherao Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s Moti Bagh Palace in Patiala for five days beginning Friday.
Jakhar (63), a three-time MLA from Abohar and a former Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader, was pitted in the intra-party battle against Amarinder’s bête noire and former PPCC chief Partap Singh Bajwa, whose wife was a claimant for the same ticket
Jakhar, a loyalist of Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, was being backed by the CM for his candidature. Although former Punjab Congress president and a protege of Rahul, Partap Singh Bajwa had staked the claim on the ticket for his ex-MLA wife Charanjit Kaur Bajwa.
The controversial mines included two in Saidpur and Mehadipur in Nawanshahr. Amit Bahadur, who bagged Saidpur mines for Rs 26.51 crore and Kulwinder Pal Singh, who bagged Mehadipur mines for Rs 9.31 crore, were alleged to be fronting for the minister
Punjab’s Home Department had put up a file to the Chief Minister Office proposing state’s stand favouring death sentence in “rarest of rare cases.” But the CM disposed of the proposal and has asked the Home department to re-examine the matter.
Finance Minister Manpreet Badal, Finance Secretary Anirudh Tewari and Food Secretary KAP Sinha had marathon meetings throughout the day Tuesday along with other officials.
With just two days left for the Cabinet meet and unrest among farmers organisations growing, state Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal met Arun Jaitley on Monday and pushed for easing the fiscal responsibility and budget management (FRBM) limit.
Sources said Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar had emerged the frontrunner for the seat after Amarinder and Sonia had a 25-minute discussion.
A 1983-batch IAS officer, Suresh Kumar, who was pulled out of retirement by Amarinder, is his most trusted bureaucrat. Owing to his closeness to the CM, who has virtually given him a free hand to run the government, Kumar is often referred to as the most powerful man in Punjab today
Sources said Amarinder and Kumari are likely to meet AICC president Sonia Gandhi in Delhi on Monday and discuss the issue
“Jakhar is the PPCC president. He is within all his rights to kick off party’s campaign,” said a party leader, saying his candidature was final and only an announcement was awaited.
While Jakhar’s name is largely acceptable to party leaders, his entry in Gurdapur, home turf of Bajwas’ may not be acceptable to the family.
Randhawa was Director of Tourism, Cultural Affairs, Archaeology, Museums and Archives of Punjab till May this year, after which he was shifted to Defence Services Welfare Department.
Having a fat salary bill of Rs 2,200 crore per month for its 3.5 lakh employees, Punjab has been paying salaries from VAT collections worth Rs 1,400 crore and from state’s share of Rs 700 crore in central taxes every month.
He owns 30 properties worth Rs 100 crore in Chandigarh, Mohali, Ludhiana, Patiala and Noida
Randhawa, who was issued a show-cause notice by DRI on August 4, had admitted in his statement to the agency that he “assisted” Vijay Nanda, a businessman accused of smuggling antiques, “in procuring a few antiquities.”
The legislators are now preparing a revised representation to include the signatures their interested colleagues. The first representation was submitted to the CM on August 23. On Tuesday, over two dozen met Punjab Congress chief Sunil Kumar Jakhar and urged him to impress upon the Chief Minister to take action against Majithia.
A delegation of over two dozen Congress MLAs met Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar at Congress Bhavan here for over an hour and discussed the issue. The development is being viewed as building revolt against the government with about 40 MLAs out of a total of 77 seeking action.
Dera is often held instrumental in his victories. But he could not win Assembly election from Maur this time despite an attempt on his life in a bomb blast. The party was expecting sympathy votes to help him.
\Considering that the dera has its influence in at least 40 Assembly segments out of 117, and five parliamentary constituencies out of 13 in the state, political leaders have always vied for the dera’s support.
At the meeting Rural Development and Panchayat Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa was the first to state that should have given total waiver. Other ministers then are learnt to have joined the chorus.
Justice Gill Commission was constituted to conduct an inquiry after several number of complaints of cases allegedly due to Akalis excesses.
Bir Devinder, a former colleague of Amarinder, said Monday that it is shocking that “whistle-blowers like him put their bright political career at stake and yet the institutionalised and mega corruption reigned supreme”.
THE RULING Congress is looking at a celebrity for the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha by-election after the seat was vacated by the death of Bollywood actor Vinod Khanna. While sources said feelers have been sent to cricketers, including Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh, positive response has not been received from either. The leaders are now looking […]
While Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has ordered the obervance of martyrdom day, many in the Congress are unhappy as Longowal was linked to the Akali Dal.
Sources said the order did not make it clear if the state’s Home department would give the officer a notice of three months or salary of three months in case he was to be relieved with immediate effect, which is mandatory as per the rules.
Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat fell vacant on April 27, the day MP Vinod Khanna passed away. According to rules, the bypoll has to take place within six months of the seat falling vacant.
The RBI representatives in Mumbai are learnt to have told a high-profile delegation of the Punjab government last Thursday that the “state would have to arrange funds from its own resources/borrowings for the proposed debt relief scheme.”
Dhiman meets Captain, says he will speak out again if nothing changes
It is yet to be decided whether government will waive Rs 2 lakh of every farmer, irrespective of number of loan accounts he held, or single account of farmer’s choice. In all likelihood, the government would be going ahead with waiver on single account.
The Punjab government will soon advertise the challenge internationally, offering $1 million to any university, agency, scientist or a private implement manufacturing firm that can come up with a viable solution for pollution-free management of stubble.
During the last session of previous Vidhan Sabha, Jakhar had created a furore by reaching the Assembly on a motorbike, passed off as a truck used to transport grains in government records.
Agri bank faces poor recovery due to farm loan waiver, state says raise term loan, will pay installment.
Khaira (52), considered a firebrand and a known baiter of Akalis, was seen as “too independent-minded” by the Delhi-based leadership of AAP, which was often accused of virtually running the Punjab unit of AAP from Delhi and sidelining regional leaders.
The state, sources said, will handle the cooperative banks and societies that have lent about Rs 3600 crore to 6 lakh farmers. These banks fall under the purview of the state government.
The policy change will be applicable to dependents of martyred soldiers besides permanently disabled soldiers of 1962 Indo-China war, 1965 Indo-Pak war and widows of 1971 Indo-Pak war.