Chandigarh (Punjab) [India], January 20 (ANI): AAP leader Raghav Chadha said on Thursday that the party's chief ministerial candidate Bhagwant Mann will contest from Dhuri assembly seat and he would travel the entire state to canvass for party candidates.
New Delhi Jan 20 PTI The Congress sought the Election Commissions EC intervention on Thursday on the ED raids on a relative of Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and alleged that the action was politically motivated to malign and defame the chief minister and the party-led state governmentA delegation of Congress leaders met EC officials virtually and submitted a memorandum to them alleging that the raids were conducted ahead of the February 20 Punjab Assembly polls to create a perception and influence the votersThe delegation comprising Randeep Singh Surjewala Abhishek Manu Singhvi Harish Chaudhary Devender Yadav Ganesh Godiyal Pranav Jha and Aman Panwar also reminded the chief election commissioner CEC about the alleged Model Code of Conduct violations by the ruling BJP in poll-bound Uttarakhand by back-dating and tampering with government recordsThe Congress leaders said the raids against Channis relative are in violation of the ECs directives to the finance ministry and other probe agencies to ensure a level-playing field in the Punjab pollsThey said the commission during the 2019 Lok Sabha election had issued an advisory to the Centre on illegal motivated and vendetta-driven enforcement actionsIt is unfortunate that despite a specific direction issued by this commission the central government continues to flout it with impunity as if it is baiting this commission to profess that a premeditated central government is neither under the jurisdiction of this commission nor does it need to adhere to any constitutional authorityThe blatant misuse of central investigative agencies for conducting politically motivated raids with the sole objective to publicly defame and malign the leaders of the Indian National Congress particularly the Congress chief minister in the state of Punjab continues regardless of the Model Code of Conduct and with a view to illegally influence public opinion in the ongoing elections scheduled to be held on February 20 the Congress memorandum saidThe delegation said the timing of the raids is questionable as they have come crucially close to the Punjab polls and asked what the ED was doing for the last four years and why has it suddenly woken up nowDoes this itself not prove malice and mala fide the Congress leaders askedSurjewala alleged that the Punjab chief minister has been targeted through these raids on his relative in order to create a perception and influence the voters of the state into believing that Channi through his family members and the Congress is involved in the allegations of money launderingHe also alleged that mala fide news items are being planted by the ED against Channi and a fake perception is being created against himED raids are a revenge against the failure of the prime ministers rally in Ferozepur on January 5 A sustained attack has been launched by the central government and the BJP against Charanjit Singh Channi Chief Minister of Punjab since the day of the prime ministers rally in Ferozepur on January 5 when almost all 70000 chairs were vacant and no one turned up the memorandum saidSeeking the ECs immediate intervention in the matter the Congress termed it a brazen misuse of the official machinery and part of a larger pattern of malicious intimidation that is being done to directly influence the outcome in five election-bound statesThis commission must enforce what it commands In light of the above it is important that this commission intervenes and exercises its power under Article 324 of the Constitution of India and address this issue by taking stern actions against ED officials conducting such illegal and mala fide raids and the consequent game to malign and defame the Congress memorandum said hoping that the poll panel would treat it as urgentThe ED on Wednesday said it had seized cash amounting to over Rs 10 crore including about Rs 8 crore from a relative of Channi during raids conducted in connection with its anti-money laundering investigation against illegal sand-mining operations in the stateEnraged over the raids Channi had accused the Centre of hatching a conspiracy against him as a revenge for the return of Prime Minister Narendra Modi without attending an event and addressing a rally during his visit to Punjabs Ferozepur earlier this monthThe Congress pointed out that no one from Channis family was named in a 2018 FIR related to illegal sand mining which was registered by the Nawanshahr police in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar districtThe fake case being built up by the central government and the ED is that Kudrat Deep an accused in the FIR who was discharged at the stage of framing charges is an acquaintance of Bhupinder Singh Honey it saidHoney 28 is the son of Channis sister-in-law and has recently returned to India after completing his studies abroadThe Congress alleged that the case sought to be built up by the investigative agency is deliberately contrived and self-serving and designed to serve the interest of the BJP and its allies who are becoming irrelevant in the political landscape of PunjabIt is also a blatant and audacious abuse of the state machinery by the Government of India which categorically falls under the offence of undue influence as provided in the Representation of the People Act 1951 and the Indian Penal Code 1860 it said PTI SKC CHS SUN RC
Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], January 20 (ANI): The Chennai Police Commissioner on Thursday said that actor Siddharth has been summoned over his defamation case against badminton ace Saina Nehwal over PM Modi's security breach in Punjab.
Jaipur Jan 20 PTI Former Rajasthan deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot said on Thursday that the Congress will form the government in the upcoming assembly elections in Uttarakhand and Punjab He also said the Congress is emerging as a better option for voters in Uttar Pradesh Talking to reporters in Tonk on Thursday Pilot who returned after visiting Uttar Pradesh said We will form the government in Uttarakhand and Punjab and people in Uttar Pradesh want change and the Congress is emerging as a better option Alleging harassment of farmers exploitation of women during the tenure of the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh he said You will do so much barbarity with farmers women are exploited The administration has worked outside the purview of the law has spread terror among the people and the attitude with which it has worked is out of control There is only bulldozer rule and there is encounter rule He said the Congress has been out of power in Uttar Pradesh for three decades but people have seen the governments of Samajwadi Party Bahujan Samaj Party there and people have rejected those governments They have seen the BJP We are trying to give a better alternative We are in small numbers yet the real role has been played by opposition Congress Pilot said PTI AG CK CK
Chandigarh Jan 20 PTI The Bahujan Samaj Party BSP on Thursday released a list of 14 candidates for the February 20 Punjab assembly polls The Mayawati-led party has tied up with the Shiromani Akali Dal SAD for the Punjab assembly elections According to the seat-sharing arrangement between the two parties the BSP will field candidates in 20 of the 117 Assembly seats in Punjab while the rest will be contested by the SAD According to the list of candidates released by the party Punjab BSP chief Jasvir Singh Garhi will contest from Phagwara seat Nachattar Pal will fight from Nawanshahr Jaspreet Singh from Payal Rakesh Mahasha from Bhoa Jyoti Bhim from Pathankot and Kamaljit Chawla from Dina Nagar Davinder Singh has been fielded from Kapurthala Kuldeep Singh Lubana from Jalandhar North Sushil Kumar from Dasuya Lakhwinder Singh from Urmar Varinder Singh from Hoshiarpur Nitin Nanda from Anandpur Sahib Shiv Kumar from Bassi Pathana and Balwinder Singh Sandhu from Raikot PTI CHS SUN CK
Chandigarh Jan 20 PTI The BJP-JJP governments decision to increase the Haryana Rural Development Fund HRDF charge on paddy is an anti-farmer move the Congress said on Thursday The opposition party demanded its immediate rollback We strongly condemn the Khattar-Dushyant Chautala governments decision of three times increase in HRDF from 05 percent to 2 percent on all varieties of paddy including 1509 Muchhal Sarbati 1121 Congress general secretary and chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said in a statement here He said it is a short-sighted decision and will harm the cause of the farmers Now the farmers of Haryana will be compelled either to sell off their crops in the neighbouring states agricultural mandis or they will have to sell paddy to the traders at a price cheaper by at least Rs 100-120 per quintal Six months back the BJP-JJP government had increased the market fees from 05 percent to 2 percent on all varieties of paddy Surjewala said He said 425 lakh metric tonnes of basmati and 1509 paddy and 56 lakh metric tonnes of parmal rice was procured in Haryana last year He said while the farmers will be worst-affected due to the HRDF charge hike the decision will also impact the Arhtiyas commission agents rice millers among others The farmers will either have to sell their paddy in neighbouring states like Punjab-Delhi etc where the HRDFmarket fees is less which would be a time-consuming proposition a farmer will also have to pay the cost of transportation which will increase his cost the Congress leader said If farmers go to the mandis of other states to sell their produce they will naturally suffer financial loss but at the same time the state government will also generate less revenue as it will not get the tax he said Surjewala said on one hand the government insists that the mandis are not being abolished but the decisions being taken by the state government are clearly indicative of the governments ill intentions to lock the grain markets and hand over the farm business to the big private players PTI SUN AQS AQS
New Delhi [India], January 20 (ANI): A Congress delegation met Chief Election Commissioner of India Sushil Chandra on Thursday to register a complaint against the "politically motivated" raids conducted by the Enforcement Directorate on relatives of Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi ahead of Assembly polls in the state.
Ludhiana Jan 20 PTI The health condition of former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal who tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday is improving doctors at a hospital here where he had been admitted said on Thursday The 94-year-old Shiromani Akali Dal patriarch was admitted to Ludhianas Dayanand Medical College and Hospital DMCH on Wednesday afternoon Dr Bishav Mohan the hospitals Covid-19 team in charge treating the Akali Dal patriarch said Badal is progressing well He said due to his advanced age the veteran leader falls in the vulnerable group and would remain under observation for the time being Earlier in the day Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to the veteran Akali leader and enquired about his health Badals son and Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal had visited the hospital on Thursday evening and enquired about his health through a video call PTI CORR SUN RAX RAX