The Punjab CM has commiserated with the families of the victims of a fire in an illegal plastic factory, while his media office released photos and a video of him swinging a badminton racquet at an indoor court - the other player was not visible.
Sources in government told The Indian Express that the issue of the re-appointment of the six was discussed at a meeting of Chief Minister with the Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh and Advocate General Atul Nanda where the AG vociferously opposed the appointment of all except Randeep Singh, who was acquitted by the Supreme Court.
While Akali Dal and AAP MPs had already decided to boycott the meeting, Bajwa, who was waiting to raise several issues with Chief Minister, including pressing him for taking action against SAD leader and former Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia, also announced his decision to boycott the gathering.
Kewal’s 12-year-old son, who attends RSS shakha every evening in a neighbourhood school, is a part of the saffron outfit’s army that has fanned out in the state to hone up BJP’s chances in the Himachal Assembly elections.
As the constituency gears to vote, Goswami faces Himachal Pradesh Speaker Brij Bihari Lal Butail’s son, Ashish Butail, of Congress and Praveen Kumar in a triangular contest, with Congress hoping to benefit from the BJP divide.
A former cabinet minister in Virbhadra’s government in 2004 who was removed in a downsizing of the cabinet mid-term, Major Mankotia quit and rejoined Congress several times, joined BSP and V P Singh’s Janata Dal before rejoining the Congress
In the agenda of the goverment's Cabinet meeting scheduled October 16, power subsidies to industry is listed as part of the state's industrial policy. If the Cabinet passes it, the state's industry would get power at Rs 5 per unit.
Justice Narang was the probing authority of the one-man commission constituted by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh after allegations surfaced against Rana Gurjit linking two mines bagged by his former employees to him.
Amarinder Singh in a statement said, “The law and order machinery was not enough to solve the problem, which required collective efforts by the Government of India and state governments for a meaningful resolution”.
"I will be part of the campaign from now. I got orders from the high command and Rahul ji’s office. I am a loyal soldier of the party. I have assured the high command that I will work towards the party’s victory,” said Bajwa.
As per government data, 75 per cent of the 19.7 million tonnes of paddy straw generated is set afire by farmers every year. Not only it affects soil health, but it also becomes a threat for the environment.
Talking to The Indian Express Thursday, former chief minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, who lost the recent Assembly election from Lehra Gaga, said, “Jakhar is the best candidate. I had strongly recommended his name to the high command for the ticket.”
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.
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.
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