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‘No votes if locality roads remain closed’

Reminding the politicians that ours is still a “people’s democracy”,the residents of Sunder Nagar,Chanderpuri and other residential colonies across railway line...

Written by Express News Service | Ambala |
March 27, 2009 1:20:50 am

Reminding the politicians that ours is still a “people’s democracy”,the residents of Sunder Nagar,Chanderpuri and other residential colonies across railway line,have asked political leaders not to approach them for votes,during elections to the Lok Sabha Reserved constituency of Ambala,unless they assure of opening the roads closed to their localities by railway authorities. Representatives of the localities,Jugal Kishore and Ram Narain,stated they had done this to mark protest against the dictatorial behaviour of the railway authorities. Union Minister and Congress candidate Selja and Naggal legislator Nirmal Singh had,earlier,intervened into the matter and the path was opened. It was,however,soon closed again.

For Anandpur Sahib seat,Cong campaign starts today
MOHALI: In a move aimed at projecting a united face of the party,Union Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister Ambika Soni will kickstart the Congress campaign for the ensuing general elections to Anandpur Sahib Lok Sabha seat from Mohali,on March 27. The seat covers Mohali,Kharar and Ropar. While senior Congress leader Soni was pitted as a strong contender for the party ticket from Anandpur Sahib,she has been assigned the responsibility of heading the party campaign in favour of Congress candidate Ravinder Singh Bittu,said Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) Secretary Gurkirat Singh Kotli on Thursday. The youngest-ever candidate in the fray from the area,Bittu holds the distinction of being the first-elected president of the Punjab Youth Congress. He will face a direct contest from SAD candidate Dr Daljit Singh Cheema,who is advisor to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal,and secretary of the ruling party in Punjab.

Comprehensive housing policy if elected: BJP
Chandigarh: “When voted to power,the BJP will have a comprehensive policy on housing for the city,” said party candidate for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections,Satya Pal Jain,while addressing a media conference in the city on Thursday. “We will ensure that permission for additional floors is given. The city will have to grow vertically since there is limitation of space,” he said. He claimed that the houses being provided by the Chandigarh Housing Board are very expensive with even a two-room set costing over Rs 30 lakh. “We will make a policy for additional floors in the bay shops and booths that are single storey,” added Jain. The BJP candidate also promised regularisation of need-based changes in houses. “People have made certain changes within their houses,keeping in view the growing population. These should not be demolished. Similarly,the construction carried out by villagers outside the lal dora on their own land should be regularised,” said Jain.

BSP holds rallies,promises welfare for the poor
CHANDIGARH: Former union minister for civil aviation and Bahujan Samaj Party candidate for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections,Harmohan Dhawan,addressed three public meetings in and around the city on Thursday. In the first meeting,Dhawan addressed the government employees in Sector 17. President of the Federation of Government Employees and Workers Bhagmal Rana and general secretary,Chandra Shekhar,apprised him of the atrocities meted out by the Chandigarh Police on the agitating Hero Honda workers two days ago. Dhawan then addressed two public meetings at the Dairy Complex in Maloya and Mauli village. He reiterated his promise of working for the welfare of the poor.

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Congress manifesto a bundle of lies: Chautala
AMBALA: Former chief minister Om Prakash Chautala addressed a joint meeting of INLD and BJP workers at the Karan Marriage Palace,Ambala City,on Thursday. He alleged that the Congress manifesto is a “bundle of lies”,meant to mislead the people. He asked the workers to work towards changing the system and not merely the government. BJP state president Atam Prakash Manchanda,former deputy speaker F C Aggarwal,former parliamentarian from the INLD,Faqir Chand,and ex-MLA Jasbir Malaur and others spoke on the occasion.

Haryana Loktantra Party holds rally
AMBALA: Hundreds of supporters of former minister Raj Kumar Saini sported red t-shirts at a rally held under the banner of Haryana Loktantra Party at village Khudda on Thursday. The newly floated party has come into existence recently with Saini as its chairman. Saini said his party will campaign against the parties that had been discriminating against the people of northern Haryana.

Parties need DM nod to use loudspeakers
Chandigarh: The Election Commission of India has issued instructions regarding the use of loudspeakers by political parties during campaigning. All candidates will have to obtain prior permission from the Returning Officer-cum-District Magistrate to use loudspeakers. Loudspeakers cannot be used between 10 pm and 6 am or around hospitals and educational institutions. A statement issued on Thursday stated the decision had been taken as it was observed that loudspeakers are not only used from fixed rostrums but are also mounted on vehicles. Such moving vehicles cause disturbance to the peace and tranquillity of the public.

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