Kanchan Vasdev

Articles By Kanchan Vasdev

In his fight with Punjab CM Amarinder Singh, no Congress voice in Sidhu support

The only support for Sidhu has come from a few opposition MLAs, including Punjab Ekta Party leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira, Lok Insaaf Party (LIP) president Simarjeet Singh Bains and AAP MLA Aman Arora.

Sidhu’s quit letter raises hopes of MLAs eyeing Punjab cabinet berth

Though Chief Minister Amarinder Singh is yet to accept Sidhu’s resignation, all eyes are on the contenders for the berth. Leading the pack is former Power and Irrigation Minister Rana Gurjit Singh, a close aide of the Chief Minister.

Successor Mohindra backs CM’s ‘non-performer’ tag for Sidhu

Mohindra, who has been backing the Chief Minister strongly over Sidhu’s case, also said that no work was allotted on single tender even after Centre’s directions that in the era of e-tendering there was transparency and tenders could be allotted to single bidder.

Explained: Why Navjot Singh Sidhu resigned as Punjab minister

Sidhu's departure from the state government is the outcome of a rather long-drawn battle between him and the Captain.

Out in the cold, Sidhu says have quit Punjab ministry

Both Singh and Sidhu have been at loggerheads ever since the Cabinet reshuffle on June 6. Sidhu was divested of the local government and tourism and cultural affairs departments over “non-performance.”

Explained: Canal to nowhere — Why the SYL is a stalemate with no winners

The issue dates back to 1966 at the time of reorganisation of Punjab. When Haryana was formed, a need arose to share river waters with the newly formed state.

Not ready to share water, Punjab gets ready to present its case to Haryana, Centre

For the last several days, the fast depleting underground water table in the agrarian state was hogging headlines and the CM had initiated the process of constituting Punjab Water Authority for regulation of water usage.

Bajwa’s latest advice to Sidhu: Join power ministry or talk to Amarinder

Bajwa’s remarks assume significance in the light of delegation of Punjab ministers meeting senior party leader Ahmed Patel taking a dossier on Sidhu’s performance to justify Amarinder changing Sidhu’s portfolio citing non-performance.

Guiding forces behind NCC training in Punjab schools, colleges: Checking exodus to foreign shores, nationalism

The pilot project is to be launched in all government schools and colleges of Gurdaspur in Punjab from this academic session.

After Akali leader raises MGNREGA ‘irregularities’, central team to visit Faridkot today

Sources said that the government feels that SAD, which is an ally of ruling BJP, will not leave any stone unturned to stop central grant under MGNREGA to Punjab as it is politically helping Congress in the state.

Amarinder Singh appoints new heads for four Improvement Trusts

Among new chairpersons, aides of two ministers who had joined delegation against Navjot Singh Sidhu to New Delhi.

Bajwa asks ‘wise man’ Navjot Singh Sidhu to take charge of new portfolio

In a bid to resolve ties between CM Amarinder Singh and Navjot Singh Sidhu over the latter's portfolio change, Rural Development Minister Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa on Monday advised Sidhu to assume charge.

Punjab: After Navjot Singh Sidhu’s exit, CM set to appoint heads of Improvement Trusts

Chairpersons, who were political appointees, were relieved by Sidhu in March 2017, who had handed over their work to government officials designated as Administrators or Improvement Trusts.

Punjab sand mining e-auction: Hours after Rs 600 crore bid, bidder says it was a typo

The bidder wrote a mail stating he had goofed up; govt would take a call on it on Monday

After Rahul’s exit, uncertainity over Sunil Jakhar’s resignation as Punjab Cong chief

Chief Minister Amarinder Singh along with other party MLAs had passed a resolution in a subsequent meeting urging on the high command not to accept his resignation. Amarinder had gone to the extent of saying that Jakhar did not need to resign.

Punjab: Post pardon to cops serving life, issue of Sikh prisoners back at centre stage

A government functionary said while the issue was raked up again, it was not in state’s domain to release these prisoners.

Punjab to auction 4 blocks for sand mining today

This would be the first auction of sand clusters after 2017, when the state auctioned its mines earlier.

In Punjab, Amarinder Singh-Navjot Sidhu stalemate continues

The Congress had deputed party veteran Ahmed Patel to resolve the issues between Sidhu and Punjab CM.

The making of a wasteland

On paper, mining is not allowed in the foothills of Shivalik, an area rich in stones and gravel. But as the government looks the other way, mining mafia goes about their work, unhindered, in villages, less than 25 km away from Chandigarh.

Punjab: Congress bristles as Sukbhir gets PM to attend event planned by Captain government

The development has not gone down well with the state government as it is being felt that if PM attends the function, it would become a SAD-BJP function. On the other hand, the state government has been preparing for the function for the last many months.