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Kanchan Vasdev

Articles By Kanchan Vasdev

After AAP MLA’s resignation, CM’s son is ticket frontrunner for Mansa bypoll

Raninder had campaigned for Amarinder in 2017 Assembly poll, when he had thrown his hat in the ring against former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal from Lambi but had lost.

Irked by outbursts, friendly fire, Captain’s ministers take on Navjot Singh Sidhu

Considering that AICC general secretary in-charge Priyanka Gandhi recently took Sidhu along to campaign in Punjab in her chopper, it remains to be seen what action the high command takes against Sidhu for his recent remarks.

In Patiala, voters keep cards close to their chest

There were virtually no takers for the voters slips at these booths. A Congress leader in Patiala said, “There was not even a single voter that turned up at several of our booths. These are the reports.”

Punjab: Disenchantment, lack of enthusiasm affect polling

In a deviation from the past, when voters, especially in rural areas, would turn up enthusiastically to exercise their franchise, it was a rather lukewarm response to the election.

‘Sidhu eyeing CM post, harming party with irresponsible actions’

This comes a day after Sidhu, while speaking on sacrilege cases, alleged a nexus between senior Congress leaders and the Badals.

Sidhu can go to high command if he wants to challenge my job, says Amarinder Singh

Addressing a rally in Lambi, Sidhu had on Friday indicated a quid pro quo between the Congress and Akalis. He had also questioned why no FIR was registered against Badals, who he said were guilty of Guru Granth Sahib sacrilege.

Gurdwara visit, volleyball, meet with party workers: how Punjab candidates spent the day

With the campaign coming to a close Friday evening, some candidates decided to enjoy a day off even as others, not wanting to take any chance, spent the day firming up their booth management.

Muslim votes shifted to Congress in Delhi at last moment: Arvind Kejriwal

Asked what, in his opinion, the outcome of the Lok Sabha polls will be, Kejriwal said: “If they do not tamper with the EVMs, Modi ji should not come back... but I do not know whether they would do it or not.”

Fatehgarh Sahib: Absent MP, bad roads, unemployment – locals shift focus from AAP

Dr Amar Singh, a former principal secretary to ex-Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijay Singh, has been fielded by Congress against against SAD’s Darbara Singh Guru, also a former principal secretary to ex-Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal.

‘Captain sahib is working only on our party, why doesn’t he break the SAD?’: Kejriwal

"A party has every type of people. Captain sahib (Chief Minister Amarinder Singh) is working only on our party. Why does he not break the SAD? They are mixed up," says Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal.

Lukewarm response in Capt Amarinder’s bastion, AAP chief blames early morning

A few kilometers away, Delhi CM’s convoy saw some traction outside Punjabi University campus, where a few students had come to hear him. While Patiala treated him with indifference, Rajpura was responsive with some turning up to listen to him in city market.

A Maharani invokes her Patiala connect — with wedding photo

Seeking a fourth Lok Sabha term, Kaur, the wife of Punjab Chief Minister, does not forget to remind those attending her rallies and even the netizens on the social media about her relationship with Patiala, that started on the day she got married to Amarinder Singh.

AAP’s Mann banks on humour, personal touch and a little help from his mother

Addressing 20-30 villages in a day and taking out road shows through them, Mann says, “I have done my bit. An MP gets Rs five crore every year as MPLAD. It is not a big amount. Still I have kept a record of the money. Each paisa is accounted for."

For the big four in Punjab, more than prestige at stake

The four are Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal, Punjab Congress president Sunil Kumar Jakhar, Aam Aadmi Party’s state president Bhagwant Singh Mann and Lok Insaf Party’s president Simarjit Singh Bains.

Stakes high, Capt Amarinder Singh digs out balungda jibe for Sukhbir Badal

With stakes high in the parliamentary polls, where he has reportedly promised the AICC president Rahul Gandhi of winning all 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab, Amarimder is back to using his old political lingo. Amarinder said Sukhbir (read Shiromani Akali Dal) will lose and the Congress will win all 13 seats in the Lok Sabha election.

A slap that wasn’t, the intended target now a courageous hero

After former Congress chief minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal allegedly slapped a youth for asking her a question, five villages have announced to boycott Congress party in Lehra Gaga Assembly segment.

Upset Sidhu back in Punjab — with Priyanka Gandhi

It is learnt that Priyanka called up Sidhu and had a meeting in Delhi, where Rahul Gandhi was also present. Sidhu was reportedly asked to cancel his visit to Bihar and accompany Priyanka.

Election itinerary confirms Navjot Singh Sidhu won’t campaign in Punjab

In the remaining four days of poll campaign, Sidhu will be addressing public meetings in Patna Sahib, Bihar on May 14, in Paonta Sahib, Bilaspur and Nalagarh, Himachal Pradesh on May 15, and in MP on May 16 and 17.

Internal politics on display at Rahul Gandhi rally in Punjab’s Fatehgarh

Discomfiture due to internal party politics marred AICC president Rahul Gandhi’s first rally in Punjab in Fatehgarh Sahib even as Rahul tried to set the Punjab Congress’s house in order from the stage itself.

Sam Pitroda should be ashamed, told him to apologise: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi on Monday attempted to strike a chord with Punjab’s electorate by broaching the issue of the 1984 riots and bashing Congress leader Sam Pitroda for his “hua toh hua” remarks.