Kanchan Vasdev

Articles By Kanchan Vasdev

Punjab: Congress youth leaders eager to take on Badals, seniors reluctant

In the politically strategic Bathinda and Ferozepur Lok Sabha constituencies, its list of prospective contenders comprises senior but reluctant leaders on one side, and younger, enthusiastic claimants that are itching to take on the Badals, on the other.

To ‘cull rebellion’, Capt Amarinder Singh cancels Kathua trip, holds series of meetings at party headquarters

Amarinder met several leaders including MLAs from Faridkot, office bearers of Majhbi-Valmiki Welfare Association, and sitting MLA from Amargarh, Surjit Singh Dhiman, and is learnt to have strategised on curbing the rebellion that could cast a shadow on the prospects of the party.

Punjab Congress expels a rebel, he vows to ‘expose’ them

Bali had questioned Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh three days ago for “not being accessible” to party workers and alleged that his “Pakistani friend” was interfering in the functioning of the government.

Lok Sabha elections: All the Captain’s men

Though reports emanating from meetings that Rahul Gandhi held with the Punjab Congress leaders suggested that the AICC president was taking “serious feedback” from state party chief Sunil Kumar on the probables, but at the end of the day it is Amarinder who has had the last laugh.

Punjab: Amarinder’s ‘favourites’ score big, Dhillon to take on Mann in Sangrur

Sources said the meeting went on for a few minutes as Jakhar, Amarinder and general secretary in-charge Asha Kumari had reached a consensus at the CM’s Delhi residence earlier.

Punjab govt orders FIR against BJP leader for allegedly not returning fee owed to medical students

The college was shut down in 2017 after the state government issued orders against the college for allegedly not following the guidelines of Medical Council of India.

Congress central poll panel to meet in Delhi today, may review Punjab’s Faridkot, Jalandhar Lok Sabha seat

The Congress is wary that the issue may not spark a row in the party and may end up annoying Majhbi Sikhs and Valmikis across the state that could caste a shadow on all the seats across the state.

Punjab: An upset Congress questions CEO’s loyalty

IG Kunwar Vijay Pratap was a member of the five-member special investigation team (SIT) constituted by the Amarinder Singh government to take the probe into incidents that took place in 2015 to a logical conclusion.

The techtonic shift: IIT Ropar is coming of age

After battling a slew of teething problems that included an unknown town, lack of space, scarcity of faculty, infrastructure and funds, the IIT is finally coming its own, making waves with its research and also helping the governments of neighbouring states sort out their niggling problems.

Punjab: Rahul Gandhi clears three more names: Retd IAS officer, former MLA, singer

The names were finalised in a meeting with AICC president Rahul Gandhi. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, PPCC president Sunil Jakhar and general secretary in-charge Asha Kumari were present in the meeting.

Punjab Congress panel fails to reach consensus on remaining seats, Rahul to take call

The party leaders will meet Rahul Gandhi at 9 am on Saturday and let him take a call on the fate of the seven candidates.

Decision 2019: Punjab Congress panel meets today to take call on remaining seven seats, Navjot Kaur

The committee, comprising Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, state party chief Sunil Kumar Jakhar, general secretary in-charge Asha Kumari and senior leader KC Venugopal had prepared a panel after shortlisting the probables during the last meeting.

Sidhu’s wife backs Congress Chandigarh choice, says won’t contest another seat

On Tuesday, Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu was overlooked by the Congress for nomination from Chandigarh despite her aggressive campaign for a month.

Punjab: In Congress’ candidates’ list, party insiders read a snub to Navjot Sidhu

Congress sources said that Sidhus were promised a Lok Sabha seat at the time the party took Navjot Singh Sidhu in its fold in January 2017, just ahead of Assembly election in Punjab.

Congress finalises six candidates for Punjab

The CEC decided to keep the rest of the seven constituencies pending for want of more discussion.

Kartarpur Corridor: Khalistani in Pak panel not an issue, let talks take place, says Punjab minister

On Friday, India summoned Pakistan’s deputy high commissioner amid concerns over the presence of leading Khalistani separatist Gopal Singh Chawla, a close aide of terrorist Hafiz Saeed, in a 10-member committee appointed by Pakistan on the Kartarpur Corridor, official sources said.

Punjab: Race for Bathinda and Ferozepur hots up in Congress

Akali Dal has been sending feelers that they would field former deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal from Ferozepur and his Union Minister wife Harsimrat Kaur Badal from Bathinda.

Picking Ferozepur, Bathinda candidates: Congress panel to wait till SAD shows its hand

In the past couple of days the state has been abuzz with reports that Sukhbir Badal is contemplating contesting from Ferozepur and Harsimrat Badal from Bathinda though mystery surrounds their decision as no formal announcement has been made.

Decision 2019: Eye on Badals, Congress decides on early meet to pick names

Congress has called its screening committee meeting on Thursday to be attended by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, state party chief Sunil Kumar Jakhar and general secretary in-charge Asha Kumari. Both Congress and SAD have adopted wait-and-watch-policy before making formal announcements.

Two years of Congress government in Punjab: Captain Amarinder Singh still on the job

The state employment guarantee scheme (EGS), on which it rode to power, started on a painfully slow note with a success rate of only 5 per cent. The first mega job fair in August-September 2017 could garner only 19,415 placements (5 per cent).