As per the Election Commission guidelines issued in March this year, a party cannot release its election manifesto during the restriction period that is 48 hours before the polls. The canvassing for the polls to the 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab concluded Friday.
On the basis of the investigation by a three-member Special Investigation Team (SIT), headed by DIG Ranbir Singh Khatra, three dera followers were named as accused in the case. Police have not been able to arrest any of the three.
In 2017 Assembly election, Aam Aadmi Party had upset the Akali applecart in a big way. Out of nine Assembly segments in Bathinda, Akalis could win only on two — one of them, Lambi, bagged by Akali patriarch Parkaksh Singh Badal. Congress also won two seats while remaining five were bagged by the AAP.
Be it Patiala, the home district of Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh, Sangrur, the stronghold of AAP leader Bhagwant Mann, or Bathinda, the seat of Union Akali minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, large tracts of farmland are being set on fire.
Sukhbir Badal has said that as SAD president he wishes the Almighty may "wipe out the entire khandan (clan)" of not only those who are behind the sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib but also of those who indulged in “cheap politics” over the issue.
Jaggi Johal was alleged to be involved in spate of targeted killings in Punjab, the murders of leaders and activists belonging to right wing organisation, Dera Sacha Sauda and the Christian community, which as per police showed a pattern to disturb communal harmony.
As the date for the Lok Sabha election in Punjab inches closer, the Akali Dal seems to be on a sort of spree to induct in its fold leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party, Congress and its own rebels who had quit the party.
In the political wilderness for a year, former MP Jagmeet Singh Brar, who was expelled from the Congress and later went on to join the Trinamool Congress, Thursday said he will join the Shiromani Akali Dal on April 19 at Muktsar in Punjab.“
The sitting Anandpur Sahib MP has centered his poll pitch around Prime Minister Narendra Modi, praising him for the surgical strikes, the anti-satellite missile test and for “enormously increasing India’s prestige” globally.
While Taksali chief Ranjit Singh Brahmpura said was party decision based on demand of the people, General J J Singh (retd) told The Indian Express that it was his call not to contest from Khadoor Sahib.