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The Times of India 7 Jul 2024 4:56 am

Amarnath Yatra pilgrims jump off moving bus after brakes fail; 10 injured, video goes viral - WATCH

Indian Army along with the J&K Police averted a major tragedy as a langar vehicle moving from Amarnath to Hoshiarpur, Punjab lost control due to brake failure in Nachlana area in Banihal belt of Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir. Meanwhile, the ...

Web Dunia 3 Jul 2024 12:57 pm

10 Injured As Amarnath Yatra Pilgrims Jump Off Moving Bus Due To Brake Failure | Watch

The officials said the bus was carrying 40 pilgrims who were returning to Hoshiarpur in Punjab, adding the driver failed to stop the vehicle on reaching Nachlana near Banihal due to failure of its breaks

News18 3 Jul 2024 9:05 am

Ten injured after jumping from out of control bus

Excelsior Correspondent RAMBAN, July 2: Army along with J&K Police here today averted a major tragedy on Jammu-Srinagar Highway when a bus returning from Amarnath Yatra and proceeding to Hoshiarpur in Punjab went out of control due to brake failure in Nachlana area of Ramsu. Sources informed that ten passengers jumped out of the moving bus bearing registration number PB02BM-9389 near Army camp in Nachlana and sustained injuries. Security forces deployed along the Highway including Army personnel noticed passengers jumping [] The post Ten injured after jumping from out of control bus appeared first on Daily Excelsior .

Daily Excelsior 3 Jul 2024 5:21 am

Pro-Khalistani Amritpal's close aides Kulwant, Bhagwant, and Kalsi announce plans to contest Punjab assembly by-elections

CHANDIGARH: Amritpal Singh, chief of Waris Punjab De and a pro-Khalistani figure elected as Member of Parliament from Khadoor Sahib , has yet to take oath while being detained under the National Security Act (NSA) at Central Jail in Dibrugarh. Three of his close associates and fellow detainees under NSAKulwant Singh Raoke, Bhagwant Singh alias 'Pradhan Mantri' Bajeke, and Daljeet Singh Kalsihave announced their intentions to contest assembly by-elections from Punjab's Barnala, Gidderbaha, and Dera Baba Nanak, respectively. The Panthic groups have set their sights on securing another assembly seat - Chabbewal. The Election Commission of India (ECI) has yet to announce the schedule for the by-elections, as four assembly seats have been declared vacant by the state assembly speaker. The ECI is mandated to schedule these by-polls within six months. Talking to TNIE, Maha Singh cousin of Kulwant Singh Raoke said that when he spoke to Kulwant, he told him that he wanted to fight the assembly by-elections from Barnala and asked him to contact the panthic organization to prepare the founds for his elections. I spoke to Kulwant on the phone and he told me that he has decided to fight the assembly by-polls from Barnala, as he had a discussion with Amritpal Singh and others who are lodged with him in the Dibrugarh Jail and took the decision to fight the by-polls, it was their collective decision, claimed Singh. Singh said, Kulwant will be fighting the by-poll as an independent candidate when the by-polls are announced by the ECI. The state government has extended the NSA on them by another year, and this is illegal, so now they want to go to the court of the public, claimed Singh. The 38-year-old Kulwant was working for Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) before his arrest under NSA. In 1987 his father Charat Singh faced NSA and never returned home after being picked up by the police in 1993. While Kulwants uncle and Charats younger brother Gurmail Singh, died in June 1984 in Operation Blue Star. A video was released on social media by Narinder Kaur, wife of Daljeet Singh Kalsi claIming that Kalsi will be fighting assembly by-elections from Dera Baba Nanak, I yesterday met Kalsi at the Dibrugarh Jail he is fine and I wanted to give his message to all of you that he has decided to fight the assembly by-polls from Dera Baba Nanak as it is his maternal parents village. We want your cooperation. Further information will be shared, she said. Sources describe Kalsi as a purported adviser and financier of Amritpal Singh, who frequented parties in the Punjabi film industry and travelLed abroad extensively. Recently, Akashdeep Singh, claiming to be the son of Bhagwant Singh alias 'Pradhan Mantri' Bajeke, uploaded a video on social media, announced that Bhagwant will be fighting assembly by-poll from Gidderbaha assembly seat in Punjab. Political analysts suggest that the recent electoral victories of Sarabjit Singh Khalsa, son of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhis assassin Beant Singh, in the Faridkot Lok Sabha seat, and Amritpal Singh in the Khadoor Sahib parliamentary constituency have inspired Bhagwant and Kulwant to contest the upcoming assembly by-elections. The Gidderbaha assembly seat fell vacant as Punjab Congress president Amarinder Singh Raja Warring was elected to the Lok Sabha from Ludhiana, defeating Raveneet Singh Bittu of BJP.The Barnala assembly seat became vacant as AAP's Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer won from Sangrur Lok Sabha seat, previously serving as the sports and youth affairs minister in Bhagwant Mann's cabinet. Dera Baba Nanak assembly seat was vacated after Congress' Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa won from Gurdaspur parliamentary constituency, and the Chabbewal assembly seat was emptied as AAP's Raj Kumar Chabbewal won from Hoshiarpur Lok Sabha seat. The announcements of Bhagwant, Kulwant and Kalsi have heated up Punjab politics. Commenting on Amritpal Singh becoming a Member of Parliament from the constituency, Union Minister of State for Railways Ravneet Singh alias Bittu argued that voters may have mistakenly believed Singh would be released from jail. He stressed that the law is supreme, and any leader involved in anti-national activities will face justice. Bittu questioned what benefits the voters would receive when their MP cannot fulfill parliamentary duties.

The New Indian Express 30 Jun 2024 9:27 pm

Punjab Vigilance Bureau seizes 1,138 bags of diverted rice meant for poor

Chandigarh, June 21 (IANS) The Punjab Vigilance Bureau on Friday said it has unearthed a scam of Rs 1.55 crore after impounding two trucks laden with 1,138 bags of rice, meant for subsidised sale to the poor but being diverted. Gopal Goyal, the owner of Shiv Shakti Rice Mill, Garshankar in Hoshiarpur district, along with []

bhaskarlive 21 Jun 2024 10:34 pm

LS polls show dip in BJPs hold on UP Assembly seats

LUCKNOW: The analysis of the result of the elections to constitute 18th Lok Sabha throw light on some interesting facts indicating that the ruling BJP is losing hold on the assembly segments in Uttar Pradesh election after Lok Sabha polls. If UP assembly goes for an election today, the Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance seems to be ahead for the BJP on 224 assembly segments, leaving the ruling NDA comprising BJP and its allies at 174. The ruling party which had stormed to power in Uttar Pradesh clinching 312 of 403 assembly seats in 2017, has now been relegated to just 162 assembly segments covered under 33 parliamentary constituencies it won in the recently-concluded Lok Sabha polls. Its allies RLD and Apna Dal (S) contributing just 12 assembly seats covered under the three Lok Sabha segments won by them. While RLD has two Lok Sabha seats, Apna Dal (S) juts one. On the contrary, the main opposition SP which had dwindled from 224 to 47 despite being in alliance with Congress in 2017, has emerged as the biggest player winning over 183 assembly segments covered under 37 seats which it won in these general elections. Similarly, the Congress party, which had won just seven Assembly seats in 2017 and just two in 2022 Assembly polls, has bounced back in alliance with SP, holding 40 assembly seats covered under six parliamentary segments which it won in 2024. However, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), another major force to reckon with as it had headed four governments in UP under Mayawati, has reduced to zero. While in 2017, BSP had come down to 19 from a tally of 80 assembly seats, in 2022, it was relegated to just one seat of Rasra and in 2024, the party, which has been diminishing as a political force since 2012, failed to open its account in 2024 like 2014 Lok Sabha election. The Congress had hold on just five assembly segments covered under the lone Rae Bareli Lok Sabha seat which the Congress had won in 2019. In 2022 UP assembly polls, the BJPs tally took a further plunge when its tally in Assembly came down to 255 from 312 in 2017. However, it emerged as the single largest party. Till 2022 Assembly poll, BJP was confident with no formidable challenge in sight but the recently-concluded Lok Sabha polls results have served a major jolt to saffron juggernaut. Performance in Punjab After the Punjab unit of BJP today reviewed its performance in the Lok Sabha elections as its vote shared doubled but could not win a single seat, Punjab BJP President Sunil Jakhar expresses concern over the BJP losing its traditional seats of Gurdaspur, Amritsar and Hoshiarpur. He said the results in these constituencies were not as per expectations, adding that the partys performance was not enough Bengal violence BJP national president J P Nadda on Saturday set up a four-member committee under ex Tripura CM Biplab Deb to probe the alleged post-poll violence in West Bengal. The committee includes party MP Biplab Kumar Deb,Ravi Shankar Prasad, Brij Lal and Kavita Patidar with Deb as its convener. The party pointed out Bengal being the only state witnessing violence and blamed the CM of no action.

The New Indian Express 16 Jun 2024 8:29 am

Punjab: BJP performed better in LS polls, but better is not enough, says Jakhar

CHANDIGARH, June 15: With the BJP reviewing its performance in the recently concluded Lok Sabha polls in Punjab, state unit chief Sunil Jakhar on Saturday said his party performed better in the general elections but asserted that better is not enough. He also expressed concern over the BJP losing its traditional Lok Sabha seats of Gurdaspur, Amritsar and Hoshiarpur, saying the results in these constituencies were not according to expectations. The Punjab unit of the BJP on Saturday held [] The post Punjab: BJP performed better in LS polls, but better is not enough, says Jakhar appeared first on Daily Excelsior .

Daily Excelsior 15 Jun 2024 3:23 pm

Tragic Homecoming: Himat Rai's Mortal Remains Arrive in India

Tragic Homecoming: Himat Rai's Mortal Remains Arrive in India The mortal remains of Himat Rai, a victim of the devastating fire in southern Kuwait's Mangaf, were brought to his hometown on Saturday. His remains are kept in a mortuary in the village of Singriwala. The cremation is scheduled for June 17 as the family awaits some relatives arriving from abroad. The 62-year-old Rai, a resident of Kakkon near Hoshiarpur, was one of the 49 individuals who lost their lives in the tragic fire on June 12 in Mangaf. Most of the victims were Indian nationals, with Pakistani, Filipino, Egyptian, and Nepali nationals also among the deceased. The building housed approximately 195 migrant workers. Rai, the family's sole breadwinner, is survived by his wife, two married daughters, and a minor son. He left India nearly 30 years ago to work in Kuwait, employed as a foreman in NBTC's fabrication department, according to his family.

devdiscourse 15 Jun 2024 3:09 pm

Punjab man, sole breadwinner of family, killed in Kuwait fire

CHANDIGARH: Himat Rai (62) from Salempur village in Punjabs Hoshiarpur district, who was the sole breadwinner of his family, was among those killed in a fire at Al-Mangaf building in Kuwait. Hoshiarpur Deputy Commissioner Komal Mittal said, Officials and two relatives went to Delhi to receive Rais body from the airport on Friday evening. Every assistance will be provided to Rais family as directed by the government. His cremation would take place on Saturday. Rai was working as a foreman in a firm in Kuwait for last 30 years and last spoke to his family on Tuesday. He is survived by his wife Sarbjit Kaur, two married daughters Amandeep Kaur (35) and Sumandeep Kaur (32), and 16-year-old son Arshdeep Singh. Arshdeep on Thursday received a call from one of Rais colleagues informing him of his fathers death. We could not believe the news and immediately contacted a relative working in the same company. The relative informed us that my father had been admitted to a hospital, but he later confirmed his death, he said. Rai had come home last year and stayed for around two months before returning to Kuwait. My husband was the sole breadwinner of the family. He left India about 30 years ago and joined NBTC firm in Kuwait. He never discussed his earnings with us but always provided whatever money we needed, Sarbjit Kaur said. Sarabjit said they had no information about any assistance being provided to the victims families. We remain hopeful that the government and the company in Kuwait will provide help, she said. Rais younger daughter Sumandeep Kaur said the area where her father lived was cramped. My father said that the living conditions in the building in Kuwait were fine, but recently, rooms in the building had been partitioned, making it cramped. Some 195 people lived in the building, she said.

The New Indian Express 15 Jun 2024 6:59 am

Tragedy Strikes a Punjab Family: Sole Breadwinner Perishes in Kuwait Fire

The residents of Salempur village in Punjab's Hoshiarpur district are mourning the tragic loss of one of their own 62-year-old Himat Rai who perished in last week's deadly fire in Kuwait. Rai was the lone supporter of his family, which now finds itself in a difficult position after losing their primary source of [] The post Tragedy Strikes a Punjab Family: Sole Breadwinner Perishes in Kuwait Fire appeared first on Northlines .

The Northlines 14 Jun 2024 2:31 pm

Kuwait fire tragedy: Punjab man who died was sole breadwinner of his family

Hoshiarpur: Hoshiarpur native Himat Rai, who was among those killed in a devastating fire in southern Kuwaits Mangaf, was the sole breadwinner of his family. His family lives in Kakkon, a suburb of Hoshiarpur city, and ever since they received the news about the tragedy they are in a state of shock. According to official Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 14 Jun 2024 1:32 pm

Apulia's Indian restaurant basks in G7 Summit warmth amid high demand

An Indian restaurant in Apulia's capital city of Bari is basking in the warmth of the G7 Summit being hosted in southern Italy as the staff work at speed to meet a rush of orders from the delegation accompanying Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will be attending an Outreach session on Friday. Namaste India, offering traditional dishes inspired by founder Rupinder Singh's native Punjab, has been abuzz with activity in the days leading up to the start of the start of the summit on Thursday. Its Hoshiarpur-born manager, Harsh Dhanda, expressed excitement at the prospect of creating food for officials accompanying the Prime Minister and enjoying the flavours of India far from home. It is so exciting that we have a chance to make sure that they can get a taste of some authentic Indian flavours away from home, Harsh Dhanda, the Bari-based manager, said in Hindi. Our restaurant only uses fresh, quality ingredients to ensure that every dish on offer is of the highest standard, he said. Th

Business Standard 13 Jun 2024 10:13 pm

Punjab BJP chief urges PM Modi to name Adampur airport after Guru Ravidas

Chandigarh, Jun 13: Punjab BJP chief Sunil Jakhar on Thursday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to name Adampur airport in Jalandhar after Guru Ravidas. The prime minister, during his last poll rally in Punjabs Hoshiarpur on May 30, said it was his wish that the Adampur airport be named after Guru Ravidas. Modi had then said the welfare of the poor was his governments top priority and in this Guru Ravidas is a big inspiration. The Adampur [] The post Punjab BJP chief urges PM Modi to name Adampur airport after Guru Ravidas appeared first on Daily Excelsior .

Daily Excelsior 13 Jun 2024 3:13 pm

Mann Urges AAP Leaders to Redouble Efforts Post Lok Sabha Polls

Mann Urges AAP Leaders to Redouble Efforts Post Lok Sabha Polls Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Saturday galvanized AAP leaders and workers, urging them to double down on their grassroots initiatives after the party captured merely three of the thirteen envisioned Lok Sabha seats in Punjab. Mann gathered with Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) stalwartsincluding Lok Sabha candidates and MLAs from Bathinda and Faridkotfor consultations. Holding a series of meetings since June 4, the day the poll results were revealed, Mann stressed expanded efforts on the ground, lauding the commendable work already displayed during the elections. Sharing insights from the detailed discussions, Mann noted, We had in-depth talks on development projects and constituency-specific issues. The meeting also saw the attendance of key poll candidates Gurmeet Singh Khuddian from Bathinda and Karamjit Singh Anmol from Faridkot, both of whom faced defeats. This gathering followed a similar meeting on Friday involving AAP leaders from Patiala and Ferozepur. AAP managed to win in Hoshiarpur, Anandpur Sahib, and Sangrur in the Lok Sabha elections.

devdiscourse 8 Jun 2024 9:31 pm

Punjab CM Mann Welcomes AAP's New MPs After Lok Sabha Success

Punjab CM Mann Welcomes AAP's New MPs After Lok Sabha Success On Thursday, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann convened a meeting with his partys newly elected MPs and vowed their commitment to advocating state-related issues in Parliament. The Aam Aadmi Party secured landmark victories in the Hoshiarpur, Anandpur Sahib, and Sangrur constituencies during the recent Lok Sabha polls. Expressing congratulations, Mann emphasized that the primary responsibility of Raj Kumar Chabbewal, Malvinder Singh Kang, and Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer will be to represent Punjab's populace with dedication and transparency in Parliament.

devdiscourse 6 Jun 2024 10:11 pm

NIA Searches Multiple Areas in Punjab Seeking Info Against Goldy Brar and Gang

Hyderabad: A day after chargesheeting Goldy Brar in the Karni Sena chief murder case, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday searched several locations in Punjab at the premises of associates of Goldy Brar in another case, and appealed for information about the terrorist and his gang. A total of nine locations associated with foreign-based designated individual terrorist Goldy Brar and his aides were searched by NIA teams in a Chandigarh related extortion and firing case. The NIA has also released telephone numbers for the public to share information about the terrorist and his associates or to reveal any threat calls they may have received from the gang. The information can be shared on landline number 0172-2682901 or mobile number 7743002947 (For Telegram/ WhatsApp). The identity of the informer will be kept a secret. The crackdown today was part of NIAs investigations into case RC-03/2024/NIA/DLI, pertaining to demand for extortion money and firing of gunshots at the residence of one victim in Chandigarh. The case was originally registered by the local police on January 20, 2024 and the NIA took over the probe on 18th March. Todays searches covered the districts of Mohali, Patiala, Hoshiarpur and Fatehgarh Sahib, as part of NIAs sustained crackdown on individual terrorists engaged in criminal-terrorist activities in India. Incriminating material including digital devices have been seized. Investigations so far have revealed that Goldy Brar, along with one Goldy of Rajpura (Punjab), had hatched a criminal conspiracy to generate funds by demanding extortion money from businessmen of Punjab, Chandigarh and surrounding areas. They were also providing arms and ammunition to members of terrorist gangs formed by Brar. They were additionally involved in smuggling and sale of narcotics and channelisation of the proceeds from these sales. As per NIA investigations, Goldy Brar and his associates based abroad were continuously recruiting vulnerable youth into their gangs, using them for identification of extortion targets, firing in front of houses of those targets who refuse to pay the extortion money, and inducing them in sale and purchase of narcotics, weapon smuggling etc. NIA is continuing with its investigations to dismantle the terrorist-gangster nexus operating in the country.

Deccan Chronicle 6 Jun 2024 3:21 pm

Aam Aadmi Party Faces Setback in Punjab Lok Sabha Elections

Aam Aadmi Party Faces Setback in Punjab Lok Sabha Elections In a major electoral setback, the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Punjab managed to secure just three of the 13 Lok Sabha seats, falling short of Chief Minister Bhagwant Manns goals. Despite his spirited campaign, the Congress emerged victorious in seven seats, while the Shiromani Akali Dal and Independents won one and two seats respectively. Reacting to the results, Mann tweeted, 'Accept peoples verdict... Public service and development works will continue.' The AAP contested the high-stakes poll independently without aligning with its INDIA bloc ally, the Congress, providing ample ammunition for rival parties to criticize them for 'putting up a show.' The AAP secured seats in Sangrur, Anandpur Sahib, and Hoshiarpur, an improvement from the 2019 polls where it managed only one seat. Mann relied heavily on his governments performance, highlighting various development projects and public services, although opposition parties criticized the AAP for not fulfilling all its promises.

devdiscourse 4 Jun 2024 11:12 pm

LS polls: Congress ahead in 7 seats in Punjab, AAP in 3

Chandigarh: The Congress was leading in seven seats in Punjab, while the AAP was ahead in three seats, according to initial Election Commission trends. Congress candidates were leading from Amritsar, Jalandhar, Fatehgarh Sahib, Ferozepur, Gurdaspur, Anandpur Sahib and Ludhiana seats and the AAP was ahead in Hoshiarpur, Sangrur and Patiala, the trends showed. Congress partys Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 4 Jun 2024 10:19 am

Congress and AAP Show Initial Leads in Punjab Lok Sabha Seats

Congress and AAP Show Initial Leads in Punjab Lok Sabha Seats Early trends indicate that the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) are leading in multiple Lok Sabha constituencies across Punjab. Congress holds a lead in Amritsar, Jalandhar, Fatehgarh Sahib, Ferozepur, Gurdaspur, and Patiala seats, while AAP is ahead in Hoshiarpur, Anandpur Sahib, Sangrur, and Bathinda seats. Radical Sikh preacher Amritpal Singh, running as an independent, is leading from the Khadoor Sahib seat, while Sarabjeet Singh Khalsa, the son of one of the assassins of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, is leading in Faridkot. Shiromani Akali Dal candidate Harsimrat Kaur Badal is trailing in Bathinda against AAP's Gurmeet Singh Khuddian, according to Election Commission data. Harsimrat, a three-time MP, is behind by 490 votes in the initial count. The counting process for the 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab and the lone Chandigarh seat started at 8 am under stringent security measures.

devdiscourse 4 Jun 2024 9:28 am

Hoshiarpur Election Result 2024 Live Updates: Counting of Votes Starts Today

Hoshiarpur Election Result Live Updates: Get all the latest news and updates on Lok Sabha elections 2024 results on The Quint.

The Quint 4 Jun 2024 5:49 am

After a challenging campaign for BJP in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal, what will June 4 throw up?

June 4 will witness the outcome of a four-cornered contest in Punjab among AAP, Congress, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), with some seats even witnessing a five-cornered contest. The elections were largely devoid of any significant wave in the state. Meanwhile, in neighboring Himachal Pradesh, the BJP faced a daunting task. In Haryana, too, where BJP registered a clean sweep in 2019, it was a tight contest between the BJP and Congress. An analysis of the campaign and the likely outcomes in the three states: Punjab In Punjab, most political parties have scarcely touched upon critical issues such as unemployment, illegal sand mining, and drug abuse. Even age-old issues like the sharing of river waters, including the SYL canal dispute and the control over Chandigarh, found little mention from candidates, except from those in the Shiromani Akali Dal. Throughout the elections, farmers protested against BJP candidates, accusing the Centre of failing to fulfill promises made during the 2020-21 farm agitation, particularly regarding the legal guarantee to Minimum Support Price (MSP). With the BJP fighting solo in the state, it's banking on reverse polarisation, aiming to consolidate non-Jat votes, which include nearly 45 percent of Hindus and SC Hindus. Some critics had pointed out that the choice of June 1 as the polling day of June 1 to coincide with the first day of the Ghallughara week, marking the 40th anniversary of Operation Bluestar, was a deliberate ploy by the BJP. This they say was aimed at heightening sentiments, potentially influencing the electorate, especially in parts of Amritsar and Khadoor Sahib Lok Sabha seats within the Majha region. In the Malwa region, encompassing constituencies such as Bathinda, Patiala, Sangrur, and others, the contest was said to fierce. The Doaba region, also known as the Non-Resident Indian (NRI) belt, houses two Lok Sabha seats, Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur, both reserved. Here, various deras, big and small, became stages for political posturing, with candidates from all parties seeking blessings and votes through visits. The SC community holds 39 percent of the votes in Jalandhar, constituting the largest voting bloc. Leading political analyst Professor Kuldip Singh had suggested that here is a keen contest between Congress and AAP in Punjab, with the former having a slight edge. Though there's anti-incumbency against the AAP government, it's expected to perform relatively well. As for the BJP, I don't foresee a significant impact, and while the Akali Dal may improve its vote percentage, it still has a long way to recover its lost ground. The AAP may not have delivered as promised, but the previous government's performance was worse. Even then, the contest failed to inspire hope among voters, as parties skirted the state's issues, reducing political rhetoric, he added. The results will be important for the two-year-old AAP government in Punjab that focused its campaign on free power (300 units of electricity), development, and employment generation. The party had relied on heavyweight candidates, including five sitting state cabinet ministers, to secure victory. For the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), it's a matter of survival, with 2024 being the first time in over two decades that the SAD and BJP are contesting elections independently. The BJP's performance in these elections will determine its standing in the state, having fielded 11 turncoats among its 13 candidates, notably Preneet Kaur from Patiala, Ravneet Singh Bittu from Ludhiana, and Sushil Kumar Rinku from Jalandhar. The Congress, on the other hand, is hoping that fielding senior leaders in key constituencies will pay dividends. Their party president Amarinder Singh Raja Warring fought from Ludhiana, former CM Charanjit Singh Channi from Jalandhar, ex-Deputy CM Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa from Gurdaspur, former MP Vijay Inder Singla from Anandpur Sahib and sitting MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira from Sangrur. The Congress also fielded sitting MPs from Amritsar and Fatehgarh Sahib. The prominent independents, including pro-Khalistan supporter Amritpal Singh from Khadoor Sahib and Sarajeet Singh, son of Beant Singh who assassinated former PM Indira Gandhi, alongside gangster-turned-social activist Lakhvir Singh alias Lakha Sidhana of Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), add another layer of complexity to the electoral landscape. This election marks the absence of former Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, and cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu from the campaign trail. In a recent letter to the people of Punjab, 82-year-old Amarinder, who is now with the BJP. urged voters to cast their ballot in favour of his party, emphasising the importance election for the state's future prosperity. A total of 2,14,61,739 voters, including 1,01,74,240 women and 773 transgenders, were eligible to vote across Punjab's 13 Lok Sabha seats. In the 2019 polls, Congress won eight seats, SAD secured two, BJP won two, and AAP clinched one seat. Himachal Pradesh In neighboring Himachal Pradesh, the BJP again faced a bruising contest. A largely silent electorate kept political parties guessing about their fate on the four Lok Sabha seats of Hamirpur, Kangra, Mandi, and Shimla. The campaigning was notably vitriolic and aggressive in the hill state, with personal barbs being exchanged, particularly in the Mandi Lok Sabha seat , which garnered disproportionate attention after the BJP fielded Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut and the Congress nominated the Royal scion Vikramaditya Singh. The BJP attempted to bring forth emotive issues such as the Ram temple and the abrogation of Article 370, along with alleging minority appeasement by the Congress. However, these issues probably did not resonate with the public on the ground. INTERVIEW | Women face many difficulties in male-dominated politics But the saffron party remained confident of winning all four Lok Sabha seats, aiming to repeat its 2014 and 2019 performance. On the other hand, the Congress appeared confident of winning at least two seats, with the contest appearing to be close for the Mandi and Shimla parliamentary constituencies. The grand old party is also hoping to win at least four of the six assembly seats, alongside the by-polls, which will help consolidate its government. Criticism against the BJP government at the Centre included perceptions of insufficient flood relief and financial support, compounded by the Centre's reluctance to declare the disaster a national calamity. The Agniveer scheme, which aims to recruit youth for four-year service with only 25 percent of them retained in regular service, became a significant poll issue, especially in Hamirpur, Kangra, and parts of Mandi and Bilaspur districts, which contribute significantly to the armed forces. During an election meeting in Himachal, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi criticised the BJP government, alleging that the scheme turned soldiers into laborers. In addition to the direct contest between the BJP and Congress, the Bahujan Samaj Party is also contesting all four seats. Speaking to The New Indian Express , Harish Thakur, a leading political expert, predicted, In the Lok Sabha polls in the state, the BJP is likely to sweep all four seats, but that said there may be a close call on the Shimla and Mandi Lok Sabha seats. Meanwhile, in the by-elections to six assembly seats, the saffron party and Congress may have a close contest, with both parties potentially securing 50 percent of the seats. Modi was the dominant factor in the previous two parliament elections, swinging the victory in favor of his party candidates, but this time issues like Agniveer, unemployment, and price rise are very much in the mix, added another political analyst. There are a total of 29,13,050 male voters, 27,98,850 women voters, and 35 third-gender voters in the state. Polling will take place at 7,992 stations across the state, with some located in very remote areas. Haryana In Haryana, political winds seem to be blowing against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that registered a clean sweep in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in the state. The Congress sought to capitalise on the anger among Jats, farmers' protests, inflation, and unemployment. Conversely, the BJP hoped for a split in opposition votes between the Congress, Jannayak Janta Party, and Indian National Lok Dal (INLD). The saffron party, which won all Lok Sabha seats in the last parliamentary polls, faced a tough task this time around. Both the BJP and JJP leaders have come under attack from farmers' organisations. The BJP played the OBC card, aiming for non-Jat votes in the parliamentary elections. It had replaced Manohar Lal Khattar as Chief Minister with Nayab Singh Saini, an OBC leader, considering that the state has 8 percent OBC voters. The party will be hoping that Jat votes are divided between the Congress, JJP, and INLD, potentially benefiting them. However, this strategy will be put to the test in these Lok Sabha polls, particularly in garnering non-Jat and urban votes. The saffron party also aimed to gain votes by highlighting the development works of the central and state governments, while emphasising transparency and good governance in Haryana. No bridge, villagers boycott elections in Haryana's Yamunanagar In contrast, the Congress banked on anti-incumbency sentiments against the BJP government, particularly fuelled by high rates of unemployment and inflation. Leading political analyst Professor Ashutosh Kumar of Punjab University said, The main contest is between BJP and Congress, as the others like JJP and INLD will not significantly influence the final outcome. It's a bipolar contest. The saffron party was the first to announce its ten candidates in the state. In these elections, the Congress entered into an alliance with AAP for the first time, with the grand old party contesting nine out of ten seats while AAP will fight from Kurukshetra. Notable candidates included Abhay Chautala of INLD, fighting from the Kurukshetra parliamentary seat against Sushil Gupta of AAP, and Naveen Jindal, who ran on the BJP ticket after joining the party some time back. The electoral landscape also featured prominent candidates such as former Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Deepender Hooda of Congress. Riding high on the Modi wave, the BJP had secured an impressive vote percentage of 58 percent in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, while the Congress could only manage about 28 percent of the votes, drawing a blank. June 4 will reveal if the massive gap has shrunk.

The New Indian Express 4 Jun 2024 1:19 am

We must see Bharats development in global context: PM Modi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reflected on India's progress and potential while urging for unity and dedication towards a developed India by 2047. In a note penned on Saturday, while on his flight back to Delhi after a 45-hour meditation retreat in Kanniyakumari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the people of the nation to dedicate the next 25 years solely for the country to create a strong foundation for the coming generations and the coming centuries, taking Bharat to new heights. After a three-day spiritual journey in Kanniyakumari, I have just boarded the plane for Delhi, PM Modi began his note penned on June 1 between 4:15 PM and 7 PM during his return flight from Kanyakumari to Delhi. We must see Bharats development in a global context, and for this, it is essential that we understand Bharats internal capabilities. We must acknowledge Bharats strengths, nurture them, and utilize them for the benefit of the world. In today's global scenario, Bharats strength as a youthful nation is an opportunity from which we must not look back, he said. Speaking about his thoughts during his three-day meditation, the PM wrote, Amidst this detachment, amidst the peace and silence, my mind was constantly thinking about the bright future of Bharat, the goals of Bharat. Citing Swami Vivekananda's message that, Every nation has a message to deliver, a mission to fulfil, a destiny to reach. the Prime Minister wrote For thousands of years, Bharat has been moving forward with this sense of meaningful purpose. Bharat has been a cradle of ideas for thousands of years. We have never considered what we have acquired as our personal wealth or measured it purely by economic or material parameters. Therefore, Idam-na-mama (this is not mine) has become an inherent and natural part of the character of Bharat, he wrote. Today, Bharats governance model has become an example for many countries around the world. The development trajectory of Bharat fills us with pride and glory, but at the same time, it also reminds the 140 crore citizens of their responsibilities. Now, without wasting a single moment, we must step forward towards greater duties and larger goals. We need to dream new dreams, convert them into reality and begin living those dreams, the Prime Minister wrote. In his article, the Prime Minister stated that as the voting for the seventh and final phase is concluding, his mind is filled with so many experiences and emotions, adding that the 2024 Lok Sabha polls are the first in the Amrit Kaal. My fellow Indians, the biggest festival of democracy, the 2024 Lok Sabha Elections, are concluding today in our nation, the Mother of Democracy. After a three-day spiritual journey in Kanniyakumari, I have just boarded the plane for Delhi. Throughout the day, Kashi and numerous other seats have been in the midst of voting, he wrote in his article. My mind is filled with so many experiences and emotions... I feel a boundless flow of energy within myself. The 2024 Lok Sabha elections are the first in the Amrit Kaal. I began my campaign a few months ago from Meerut, the land of the First War of Independence of 1857. Since then, I have traversed across the length and breadth of our great nation. The final rally of these elections took me to Hoshiarpur in Punjab, the land of the great Gurus and a land associated with Sant Ravidas Ji. After that, I came to Kanniyakumari, at the feet of Maa Bharti, PM Modi added. The Prime Minister said that as he entered into the meditation state, all the heated political debates, counterattacks and words of accusations vanished into a void. He said that he felt a sense of detachment from the external world. It is natural that the fervour of the elections was echoing in my heart and mind. The multitude of faces seen in rallies and road shows came in front of my eyes. The blessings from our Nari Shaktithe trust, the affection, all of this was a very humbling experience. My eyes were getting moist... I entered into a sadhana (meditative state). And then, the heated political debates, the attacks and counter-attacks, the voices and words of accusations that are so characteristic of an electionthey all vanished into a void. A sense of detachment came to grow within me...my mind became completely detached from the external world, PM Modi wrote. Meditation becomes challenging amidst such huge responsibilities, but the land of Kanniyakumari and the inspiration of Swami Vivekananda made it effortless. As a candidate myself, I left my campaign in the hands of my beloved people of Kashi and came here, he added. Sharing his experience, the Prime Minister said that a part of his meditation was spent in a stream of thoughts thinking about what Swami Vivekananda must have experienced during his meditation in Kanniyakumari. I am also grateful to God for instilling me with these values from birth which I have cherished and tried to live up to. I was also thinking about what Swami Vivekananda must have experienced during his meditation at this very place in Kanniyakumari! A part of my meditation was spent in a similar stream of thoughts, he noted. Amidst this detachment, amidst the peace and silence, my mind was constantly thinking about the bright future of Bharat, the goals of Bharat. The rising sun at Kanniyakumari gave new heights to my thoughts, the vastness of the ocean expanded my ideas, and the expanse of the horizon continuously made me realize the unity, the Oneness, embedded in the depths of the universe. It seemed as if the observations and experiences undertaken in the lap of the Himalayas decades ago were being revived, PM Modi added. He further said that from 'Kashmir to Kanniyakumari' is a common identity that is deeply ingrained in the heart of every citizen of the country. Kanniyakumari has always been very close to my heart. The Vivekananda Rock Memorial in Kanniyakumari was built under the leadership of Shri Eknath Ranade ji. I had the opportunity to travel extensively with Eknath ji. During the construction of this Memorial, I had the opportunity to spend some time in Kanniyakumari as well, PM Modi wrote.

Deccan Chronicle 3 Jun 2024 9:33 am

Kashmir to Kanniyakumari is Our common identity

My fellow Indians, The biggest festival of democracy, the 2024 Lok Sabha Elections, are concluding today in our nation, the Mother of Democracy. After a three-day spiritual journey in Kanniyakumari, I have just boarded the plane for Delhi. Through the day, Kashi and numerous other seats have been in the midst of voting. My mind is filled with so many experiences and emotions... I feel a boundless flow of energy within myself. The 2024 Lok Sabha elections are the first in the Amrit Kaal. I began my campaign a few months ago from Meerut, the land of the First War of Independence of 1857. Since then, I have traversed across the length and breadth of our great nation. The final rally of these elections took me to Hoshiarpur in Punjab, the land of the great Gurus and a land associated with Sant Ravidas Ji. After that, I came to Kanniyakumari, at the feet of Maa Bharti. It is natural that the fervour of the elections was echoing in my heart and mind. The multitude of faces seen in rallies and road shows came in front of my eyes. The blessings from our Nari Shaktithe trust, the affection, all of this was a very humbling experience. My eyes were getting moist... I entered into a sadhana (meditative state). And then, the heated political debates, the attacks and counter-attacks, the voices and words of accusations which are so characteristic of an election they all vanished into a void. A sense of detachment came to grow within me... my mind became completely detached from the external world. Meditation becomes challenging amidst such huge responsibilities, but the land of Kanniyakumari and the inspiration of Swami Vivekananda made it effortless. As a candidate myself, I left my campaign in the hands of my beloved people of Kashi and came here. I am also grateful to God for instilling me with these values from birth, which I have cherished and tried to live up to. I was also thinking about what Swami Vivekananda must have experienced during his meditation at this very place in Kanniyakumari! A part of my meditation was spent in a similar stream of thoughts. Amidst this detachment, amidst the peace and silence, my mind was constantly thinking about the bright future of Bharat, the goals of Bharat. The rising sun at Kanniyakumari gave new heights to my thoughts, the vastness of the ocean expanded my ideas, and the expanse of the horizon continuously made me realise the unity, the Oneness, embedded in the depths of the universe. It seemed as if the observations and experiences undertaken in the lap of the Himalayas decades ago were being revived. Friends, Kanniyakumari has always been very close to my heart. The Vivekananda Rock Memorial in Kanniyakumari was built under the leadership of Shri Eknath Ranade ji. I had the opportunity to travel extensively with Eknath ji. During the construction of this memorial, I had the opportunity to spend some time in Kanniyakumari as well. From Kashmir to Kanniyakumari... this is a common identity that is deeply ingrained in the heart of every citizen of the country. This is the Shakti Peeth (seat of Shakti) where Maa Shakti incarnated as Kanya Kumari. At this southern tip, Maa Shakti performed penance and waited for Bhagwan Shiva, who was residing in the Himalayas at the northernmost parts of Bharat. Kanniyakumari is the land of confluences. The sacred rivers of our country flow into different seas, and here, those very seas converge. And here, we witness another great confluence the ideological confluence of Bharat! Here, we find the Vivekananda Rock Memorial, a grand statue of Saint Thiruvalluvar, Gandhi Mandapam, and Kamarajar Mani Mandapam. These streams of thought from these stalwarts converge here to form a confluence of national thought. This gives rise to great inspirations for nation-building. This land of Kanniyakumari gives an indelible message of unity, especially to any person who doubts Bharats nationhood and the sense of unity. The grand statue of Saint Thiruvalluvar in Kanniyakumari seems to be looking at the expanse of Maa Bharati from the sea. His work Thirukkural is one of the crown jewels of the beautiful Tamil language. It covers every aspect of life, inspiring us to give our best for ourselves and for the nation. It was my great fortune to pay my respects to such a great figure. Friends, Swami Vivekananda once said, Every nation has a message to deliver, a mission to fulfil, a destiny to reach. For thousands of years, Bharat has been moving forward with this sense of meaningful purpose. Bharat has been a cradle of ideas for thousands of years. We have never considered what we have acquired as our personal wealth or measured it purely by economic or material parameters. Therefore, Idam-na-mama (this is not mine) has become an inherent and natural part of the character of Bharat. Bharats welfare benefits our planets journey to progress as well. Take the freedom movement as an example. Bharat gained independence on August 15, 1947. At that time, many countries around the world were under colonial rule. Bharats independence journey inspired and empowered many of those countries to achieve their own freedom. That same spirit was seen decades later when the world came face to face with the once in a century COVID-19 pandemic. When concerns were raised about the poor and developing countries, Bharats successful efforts provided courage and assistance to many nations. Today, Bharats governance model has become an example for many countries around the world. Empowering 25 crore people to rise above poverty in just 10 years is unprecedented. Innovative practices such as Pro-People Good Governance, aspirational districts, and aspirational blocks are being discussed globally today. Our efforts, from empowering the poor to last-mile delivery, have inspired the world by prioritising individuals standing at the last rung of society. Bharats Digital India campaign is now an example for the entire world, showing how we can use technology to empower the poor, bring transparency, and ensure their rights. Inexpensive data in Bharat is becoming a means of social equality by ensuring the reach of information and services to the poor. The whole world is witnessing and studying the democratization of technology, and major global institutions are advising many countries to adopt elements from our model. Today, Bharats progress and rise are not just a significant opportunity for Bharat alone, but also a historic opportunity for all our partner countries around the world. Since the success of the G20, the world has been increasingly envisioning a bigger role for Bharat. Today, Bharat is being acknowledged as a strong and important voice of the Global South. The African Union has become a part of the G20 group at the initiative of Bharat. This is going to be a crucial turning point for the future of African countries. Friends, The development trajectory of Bharat fills us with pride and glory, but at the same time, it also reminds the 140 crore citizens of their responsibilities. Now, without wasting a single moment, we must step forward towards greater duties and larger goals. We need to have new dreams, convert them into reality and begin living them. We must see Bharats development in a global context, and for this, it is essential that we understand Bharats internal capabilities. We must acknowledge Bharats strengths, nurture them, and utilise them for the benefit of the world. In todays global scenario, Bharats strength as a youthful nation is an opportunity from which we must not look back. The world of the 21st century is looking towards Bharat with many hopes. And we will need to make several changes to move forward in the global scenario. We also need to change our traditional thinking regarding reform. Bharat cannot limit reform to just economic reforms. We must move forward in every aspect of life towards the direction of reform. Our reforms should also align with the aspirations of a Viksit Bharat (developed India) by 2047. We must also understand that reform can never be a unidimensional process for any country. So, I have laid out the vision of reform, perform, and transform for the country. The responsibility of reform lies with leadership. Based on that, our bureaucracy performs, and when the people join in with the spirit of Jan Bhagidari, we see a transformation taking place. We must make excellence the fundamental principle to make our country a Viksit Bharat. We need to work quickly in all four directions: Speed, Scale, Scope, and Standards. Alongside manufacturing, we must also focus on quality and adhere to the mantra of zero defect-zero effect. Friends, We should take pride in every moment that God has blessed us with birth in the land of Bharat. God has chosen us to serve Bharat and fulfil our role in our countrys journey towards excellence. We must redefine our heritage in a modern way while embracing ancient values in a modern context. As a nation, we also need to reassess outdated thinking and beliefs. We need to free our society from the pressure of professional pessimists. We must remember that freedom from negativity is the first step towards achieving success. Success blossoms in the lap of positivity. My faith, devotion, and belief in the infinite and eternal power of Bharat are growing day by day. Over the past 10 years, I have seen this capability of Bharat grow even more and have experienced it firsthand. Just as we utilised the fourth and fifth decades of the 20th century to impart a new momentum to the freedom movement, we must lay the foundation for a Viksit Bharat in these 25 years of the 21st century. The freedom struggle was a time that called for great sacrifices. The present times call for great and sustained contributions from everyone. Swami Vivekananda had said in 1897 that we must dedicate the next 50 years solely for the nation. Exactly 50 years after this call, Bharat gained independence in 1947. Today, we have the same golden opportunity. Lets dedicate the next 25 years solely for the nation. Our efforts will create a strong foundation for the coming generations and the coming centuries, taking Bharat to new heights. Looking at the energy and enthusiasm of the country, I can say that the goal is not far away now. Let us take swift steps...let us come together and create a Viksit Bharat. (These thoughts were penned by PM Narendra Modi on June 1 between 4.15 pm and 7 pm during his return flight from Kanniyakumari to Delhi) Narendra Modi Prime Minister

The New Indian Express 3 Jun 2024 7:25 am

New Sankalps from the Sadhana in Kanyakumari

My fellow Indians, The biggest festival of democracy, the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, is concluding today in our nation, the Mother of Democracy. After a three-day spiritual journey in Kanyakumari, I have just boarded the plane for Delhi. Through the day, Kashi and numerous other seats have been in the midst of voting. My mind is filled with so many experiences and emotions... I feel a boundless flow of energy within myself. The 2024 Lok Sabha elections are the first in the Amrit Kaal. I began my campaign a few months ago from Meerut, the land of the First War of Independence of 1857. Since then, I have traversed across the length and breadth of our great nation. The final rally of these elections took me to Hoshiarpur in Punjab, the land of the great Gurus and a land associated with Sant Ravidas Ji. After that, I came to Kanyakumari, at the feet of Maa Bharti. It is natural that the fervour of the elections was echoing in my heart and mind. The multitude of faces seen in rallies and road shows came in front of my eyes. The blessings from our Nari Shakti the trust, the affection, all of this was a very humbling experience. My eyes were getting moist... I entered into a sadhana (meditative state). And then, the heated political debates, the attacks and counter-attacks, the voices and words of accusations which are so characteristic of an election they all vanished into a void. A sense of detachment came to grow within me... my mind became completely detached from the external world. Meditation becomes challenging amidst such huge responsibilities, but the land of Kanyakumari and the inspiration of Swami Vivekananda made it effortless. As a candidate myself, I left my campaign in the hands of my beloved people of Kashi and came here. I am also grateful to God for instilling me with these values from birth which I have cherished and tried to live up to. I was also thinking about what Swami Vivekananda must have experienced during his meditation at this very place in Kanyakumari! A part of my meditation was spent in a similar stream of thoughts. Amidst this detachment, amidst the peace and silence, my mind was constantly thinking about the bright future of Bharat, the goals of Bharat. The rising sun at Kanyakumari gave new heights to my thoughts, the vastness of the ocean expanded my ideas, and the expanse of the horizon continuously made me realise the unity, the Oneness, embedded in the depths of the universe. It seemed as if the observations and experiences undertaken in the lap of the Himalayas decades ago were being revived. Friends, Kanyakumari has always been very close to my heart. The Vivekananda Rock Memorial in Kanyakumari was built under the leadership of Shri Eknath Ranade ji. I had the opportunity to travel extensively with Eknath ji. During the construction of this Memorial, I had the opportunity to spend some time in Kanyakumari as well. From Kashmir to Kanyakumari... this is a common identity that is deeply ingrained in the heart of every citizen of the country. This is the Shakti Peeth (seat of Shakti) where Maa Shakti incarnated as Kanya Kumari. At this Southern tip, Maa Shakti performed penance and waited for Bhagwan Shiva, who was residing in the Himalayas at the northernmost parts of Bharat. Kanyakumari is the land of confluences. The sacred rivers of our country flow into different seas, and here, those very seas converge. And here, we witness another great confluence the ideological confluence of Bharat! Here, we find the Vivekananda Rock Memorial, a grand statue of Saint Thiruvalluvar, Gandhi Mandapam, and Kamarajar Mani Mandapam. These streams of thought from these stalwarts converge here to form a confluence of national thought. This gives rise to great inspirations for nation-building. This land of Kanyakumari gives an indelible message of unity, especially to any person who doubts Bharats nationhood and the sense of unity. The grand statue of Saint Thiruvalluvar in Kanyakumari seems to be looking at the expanse of Maa Bharati from the sea. His work Thirukkural is one of the crown jewels of the beautiful Tamil language. It covers every aspect of life, inspiring us to give our best for ourselves and for the nation. It was my great fortune to pay my respects to such a great figure. Friends, Swami Vivekananda once said, Every nation has a message to deliver, a mission to fulfil, a destiny to reach. For thousands of years, Bharat has been moving forward with this sense of meaningful purpose. Bharat has been a cradle of ideas for thousands of years. We have never considered what we have acquired as our personal wealth or measured it purely by economic or material parameters. Therefore, Idam-na-mama (this is not mine) has become an inherent and natural part of the character of Bharat. Bharats welfare benefits our planets journey to progress as well. Take the freedom movement as an example. Bharat gained independence on August 15, 1947. At that time, many countries around the world were under colonial rule. Bharats independence journey inspired and empowered many of those countries to achieve their own freedom. That same spirit was seen decades later when the world came face to face with the once-in-a-century Covid-19 pandemic. When concerns were raised about the poor and developing countries, Bharats successful efforts provided courage and assistance to many nations. Today, Bharats governance model has become an example for many countries around the world. Empowering 25 crore people to rise above poverty in just 10 years is unprecedented. Innovative practices such as Pro-People Good Governance, aspirational districts, and aspirational blocks are being discussed globally today. Our efforts, from empowering the poor to last-mile delivery, have inspired the world by prioritising individuals standing at the last rung of society. Bharats Digital India campaign is now an example for the entire world, showing how we can use technology to empower the poor, bring transparency, and ensure their rights. Inexpensive data in Bharat is becoming a means of social equality by ensuring the reach of information and services to the poor. The whole world is witnessing and studying the democratisation of technology, and major global institutions are advising many countries to adopt elements from our model. Today, Bharats progress and rise are not just a significant opportunity for Bharat alone, but also a historic opportunity for all our partner countries around the world. Since the success of the G20, the world has been increasingly envisioning a bigger role for Bharat. Today, Bharat is being acknowledged as a strong and important voice of the Global South. The African Union has become a part of the G20 group at the initiative of Bharat. This is going to be a crucial turning point for the future of African countries. Friends, The development trajectory of Bharat fills us with pride and glory, but at the same time, it also reminds the 140 crore citizens of their responsibilities. Now, without wasting a single moment, we must step forward towards greater duties and larger goals. We need to dream new dreams, convert them into reality and begin living those dreams. We must see Bharats development in a global context, and for this, it is essential that we understand Bharats internal capabilities. We must acknowledge Bharats strengths, nurture them, and utilise them for the benefit of the world. In todays global scenario, Bharats strength as a youthful nation is an opportunity from which we must not look back. The world of the 21st century is looking towards Bharat with many hopes. And we will need to make several changes to move forward in the global scenario. We also need to change our traditional thinking regarding reform. Bharat cannot limit reform to just economic reforms. We must move forward in every aspect of life towards the direction of reform. Our reforms should also align with the aspirations of a Viksit Bharat (developed India) by 2047. We must also understand that reform can never be a uni-dimensional process for any country. Therefore, I have laid out the vision of reform, perform, and transform for the country. The responsibility of reform lies with leadership. Based on that, our bureaucracy performs, and when the people join in with the spirit of Jan Bhagidari, we witness a transformation taking place. We must make excellence the fundamental principle to make our country a Viksit Bharat. We need to work quickly in all four directions: Speed, Scale, Scope, and Standards. Alongside manufacturing, we must also focus on quality and adhere to the mantra of zero defect-zero effect. Friends, We should take pride in every moment that God has blessed us with birth in the land of Bharat. God has chosen us to serve Bharat and fulfil our role in our countrys journey towards excellence. We must redefine our heritage in a modern way while embracing ancient values in a modern context. As a nation, we also need to reassess outdated thinking and beliefs. We need to free our society from the pressure of professional pessimists. We must remember that freedom from negativity is the first step towards achieving success. Success blossoms in the lap of positivity. My faith, devotion, and belief in the infinite and eternal power of Bharat are growing day by day. Over the past 10 years, I have seen this capability of Bharat grow even more and have experienced it firsthand. Just as we utilised the fourth and fifth decades of the 20th century to impart a new momentum to the freedom movement, we must lay the foundation for a Viksit Bharat in these 25 years of the 21st century. The freedom struggle was a time that called for great sacrifices. The present times call for great and sustained contributions from everyone. Swami Vivekananda had said in 1897 that we must dedicate the next 50 years solely for the nation. Exactly 50 years after this call, Bharat gained independence in 1947. Today, we have the same golden opportunity. Lets dedicate the next 25 years solely for the nation. Our efforts will create a strong foundation for the coming generations and the coming centuries, taking Bharat to new heights. Looking at the energy and enthusiasm of the country, I can say that the goal is not far away now. Let us take swift steps... let us come together and create a Viksit Bharat. These thoughts were penned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 1 between 4.15 pm and 7 pm during his return flight from Kanyakumari to Delhi.

Deccan Chronicle 3 Jun 2024 1:22 am

India's governance model an example for the world: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a blog post on Sunday, highlighted India's governance model as an example for the world. He praised the nation's achievements in lifting 25 crore people out of poverty and implementing innovative practices of good governance. Reflecting on his recent spiritual break in Kanyakumari, the PM recalled his election campaign journey from Meerut to Hoshiarpur, emphasizing the transformation in political discourse post-election.

The Economic Times 3 Jun 2024 12:32 am

PM Modi Concludes 45-Hour Meditation at Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Pays Tribute to Saint Thiruvalluvar

Chennai:P rime Minister Narendra Modi concluded his 45-hour meditation at the Vivekananda Rock Memorial in Kanniyakumari, Tamil Nadu, on Saturday, where he also paid floral tributes to the Tamil saint-poet Thiruvalluvar. The spiritual retreat lasted from the evening of May 30 to the evening of June 1. During his stay, PM Modi meditated continuously at the Dhyan Mandapam, the site where Swami Vivekananda is believed to have received a divine vision of 'Bharat Mata'. This period of meditation coincided with the final phase of polling for the Lok Sabha elections. Modi arrived at the Vivekananda Rock Memorial on Thursday.According to local mythology, this location is also where Goddess Parvati meditated on one foot while waiting for Lord Shiva. Situated at the southernmost tip of India, Kanniyakumari is the confluence of the Eastern and Western coastlines, as well as the Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal, and Arabian Sea. PM Modi's visit here is seen as a symbolic gesture of national unity. Prior to his spiritual retreat, the Prime Minister concluded his election campaign in Hoshiarpur, Punjab, on Thursday, ahead of the final phase of the general elections on June 1. Over a span of 75 days, Modi participated in approximately 206 election campaign events, including rallies and roadshows, and gave around 80 interviews to various media outlets.Known for undertaking spiritual journeys at the end of election campaigns, Modi visited Kedarnath in 2019 and Shivaji's Pratapgarh in 2014. The Lok Sabha election, comprising 543 seats, is being conducted in seven phases starting from April 19, with vote counting scheduled for June 4. Tata Motors Reports 2% Rise in Sales to 76,766 Units in May New Smartphone Launches in June 2024: What to Expect from Vivo, Xiaomi, and Others Russian Strikes Damage Ukrainian Energy Infrastructure in Multiple Regions

News Track 1 Jun 2024 5:11 pm

Prime Minister Modi Concludes 45-Hour Meditation at Vivekananda Rock Memorial

Prime Minister Modi Concluded the45-Hour Meditation at Vivekananda Rock Memorial -Kanyakumari: Prime Minister Narendra Modi concluded his 45-hour meditation at the Vivekananda Rock Memorial on Saturday and paid tribute to Tamil saint poet Thiruvalluvar with a floral offering. Clad in white, Modi visited the 133-ft statue of Thiruvalluvar, adjacent to the rock memorial, where he placed a large garland as a mark of respect. He arrived at the statue complex via ferry and later returned to the shore using the same service. During his stay at the memorial, the Prime Minister engaged in meditation and performed the spiritual ritual of 'Surya Arghya' at sunrise. Modi, attired in saffron robes, meditated at the Vivekananda Rock Memorial, known for its stunning views of the sunrise and sunset. Situated on a small islet near the shoreline, the memorial is a popular destination for spiritual and introspective activities. The Prime Minister commenced his 45-hour meditation session at the Vivekananda Rock Memorial on the evening of May 30 and concluded it on Saturday. Kanyakumari, located at the southernmost tip of India, serves as the meeting point of the country's Eastern and Western coastlines. It is also where the Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal, and Arabian Sea converge. Prime Minister Modi's visit to Kanyakumari is seen as a gesture of national unity. On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi concluded his election campaign in Punjab's Hoshiarpur for the final phase of the upcoming general elections scheduled for June 1. During the 75-day campaign period, Modi participated in approximately 206 election events, including rallies and roadshows, and conducted around 80 interviews with various news and media platforms. Traditionally, at the conclusion of election campaigns, the Prime Minister undertakes spiritual journeys. In 2019, he visited Kedarnath, and in 2014, he visited Shivajis Pratapgarh. Top Five Attractions to View in Kanya Kumari, Not to Miss How Modis Meditation at Historic Rock Memorial Emphasizes Spiritual Roots PM Modi Set for Spiritual Retreat at Vivekananda Rock Memorial as Old Photo Goes Viral

News Track 1 Jun 2024 4:10 pm

PM Modi Meditates at Vivekananda Rock Memorial in Kanyakumari

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, currently on a three-day meditation retreat in Kanyakumari, arrived at the iconic Vivekananda Rock Memorial in Tamil Nadu on Thursday evening. PM Modi began his meditation on May 30 at the Dhyan Mandapam, where Swami Vivekananda once meditated, and he will conclude his retreat on June 1. Spiritual Journey Before visiting the memorial, the Prime Minister offered prayers at the Bhagavathy Amman Temple in Kanyakumari. This visit follows the completion of the seven-phase Lok Sabha election campaigns, with his final campaign event in Punjab's Hoshiarpur on Thursday, ahead of the last voting phase on June 1. Dressed in a traditional 'dhoti' and an off-white shawl, PM Modi visited the Sree Kanyakumari Bhagavathi temple to offer prayers to Devi Bhagavathi Amman before heading to the Vivekananda Rock Memorial for his meditation. Historical Significance The Vivekananda Rock Memorial holds great significance, as Swami Vivekananda meditated there after traveling across India. He spent three days in deep meditation on this rock, where he envisioned a developed India. According to Hindu mythology, Goddess Parvati also meditated at this site while waiting for Lord Shiva. Kanyakumari's Unique Location Kanyakumari is situated at the southernmost tip of India, where the eastern and western coastlines meet. It is also the convergence point of the Indian Ocean, the Bay of Bengal, and the Arabian Sea. Timing and Symbolism PM Modi's spiritual retreat comes just days before the announcement of the Lok Sabha election results on June 4. In 2019, he undertook a similar retreat to Kedarnath, where he meditated in a cave before the final phase of elections. During his visit, he also prayed at various temples, including Sri Arulmigu Ramanathaswamy Temple, Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, and the Kothandaramaswamy Temple. PM Modi's visit to Tamil Nadu carries symbolic importance, as he has actively campaigned for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in an effort to strengthen their presence in South India. Throughout his campaign, the Prime Minister has also been a vocal advocate for Tamil culture. PM Narendra Modi Chooses Vivekanandapara in Kanyakumari for Meditation: Here's Why PM Modi Set for Spiritual Retreat at Vivekananda Rock Memorial as Old Photo Goes Viral When Will PM Modi Visit the Vivekananda Rock Memorial in Kanyakumari?

News Track 31 May 2024 11:10 am

PM Modi notches up over 200 rallies, roadshows as LS poll campaign ends

Prime Minister Narendra Modi concluded his Lok Sabha poll campaign with a rally in Hoshiarpur, Punjab, emphasizing his investment in the region for the BJP's expansion outside its strongholds. The Prime Minister did 206 public outreach programmes, including rallies and roadshows since the Election Commission announced the poll schedule.

The Times of India 31 May 2024 9:11 am

AAP becoming No. 1 in atrocities against women: PM Modi in Punjab

Prime Minister Narendra Modi criticized the AAP and Congress during a rally in Hoshiarpur, accusing them of misrule and corruption. He described AAP as the umber one party in atrocities against women and accused Congress of having a double PhD in corruption. Modi urged voters to reject both parties, claiming they have turned Punjab into a state plagued by drug peddling and gang wars. He also criticized the INDI Alliance, accusing them of hypocrisy regarding the Constitution and referencing past incidents like the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

The Economic Times 30 May 2024 11:54 pm

PM: Cong Strangled Constitution During Emergency

New Delhi/Hoshiarpur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a blistering attack on the Congress on Thursday, accusing it of strangling the Constitution during the Emergency and neglecting it during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. As the campaigning for the seven-phased 2024 Lok Sabha elections drew to a close, Modi addressed his final rally in Hoshiarpur, Punjab. Congress talks about the Constitution, but it was the same party that strangled it during the Emergency, said Modi. When Sikhs were being burned with tires around their necks during the 1984 riots, they did not think of the Constitution. All seats in Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, along with the remaining seats in Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Chandigarh, and West Bengal, will go to the polls in the seventh phase on June 1. Campaigning for BJP candidates Anita Som Parkash in Hoshiarpur and Subhash Sharma in Anandpur Sahib, Modi also addressed issues of reservation, corruption, and the Ram Temple. He criticised the Congress and the I.N.D.I.A. bloc, claiming they posed a threat to the reservation system for SC, ST, and OBC communities. In the 10 years of my government, I have continuously protected the reservation of SC-ST-OBC. Congress and the I.N.D.I.A. bloc are furious about my efforts. Their entire track record is about snatching the reservation of SC-ST-OBC, he said. Modi labelled Congress as the mother of corruption, accusing it of corrupt practices over six decades and aligning with other deceitful parties. Congress is the mother of corruption and has done a double Ph.D. in corruption in 60 years. And now another corrupt party has joined Congress. These people have ruined both industry and agriculture in Punjab, he asserted. The Prime Minister also accused the Opposition of exploiting the military for political gains and undermining the armed forces. He emphasised his commitment to modernising and strengthening Indias defence capabilities. The Opposition made the Army a weapon of politics, and there cannot be a bigger sin than this, he said. Modi warned the I.N.D.I.A. bloc against underestimating him. I am telling the I.N.D.I.A. bloc that I am silent. Do not make any mistake in understanding Modi. The day Modi opens his mouth, I will bring out all your sins -- 'saat peedhi ke paap' (sins of seven generations), he declared. He condemned the Opposition's stance on the Ram Temple and the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), attributing it to their appeasement politics. Modi criticised their failure during the partition, especially regarding Kartarpur Sahib, and highlighted his government's achievements in the last decade, emphasising increased respect for India globally. Expressing confidence in the BJP's electoral prospects, he said, Today the country has new aspirations, new hopes, new confidence. After decades, a majority central government is going to score a hat-trick. Every Indian is connected with this dream, and thats why they are blessing us. Modi invoked Guru Ravidas, citing him as an inspiration for his work towards the welfare of the poor. Guru Ravidas Ji used to say, I desire such a rule, where everyone has food. In the past 10 years, we have provided free grain and free treatment facilities to the poorest of the poor, he noted. Concluding his campaign in Hoshiarpur, which he referred to as Chotti Kashi, Modi drew a parallel with Varanasi, his parliamentary constituency and the birthplace of Guru Ravidas. Ending the election campaign here is nothing short of a blessing, he said.

Deccan Chronicle 30 May 2024 9:21 pm

PM Modi ends campaign with yet another sharp attack on opposition

Hoshiarpur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday asked the opposition to make no mistake in understanding him as he can disclose sins of their seven generations, ending his Lok Sabha campaign with another onslaught on rivals in an election marked by acrimony from both sides. Modis fierce attacks and sharp words, which have drawn outrage Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 30 May 2024 8:37 pm

Capt Amarinder Singh writes a letter, urges people in Punjab to vote for BJP

Capt Amarinder Singh writes a letter, urges people in Punjab to vote for BJP As the last phase of Lok Sabha elections will be held on June 1, former Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Thursday wrote a letter to the people of Punjab, urging them to vote in large numbers for BJP candidates in Punjab. Addressing the letter to the public, Capt Amarinder Singh said, As you all are aware, I have been unwell for the past few weeks. I am writing this letter to you with an appeal and a heart full of hope for our shared vision of a prosperous and developed Punjab. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the BJP is dedicatedly and faithfully serving the nation. In the letter, Singh asserted that the elections on June 1 are not just ordinary elections; but said that they are a decisive moment for securing children's future. This election is about choosing a path that leads to a 'Viksit Punjab'--a developed and thriving Punjab where every citizen enjoys the benefits of progress and prosperity, the letter said. Expressing confidence in the success of the Bhartiya Janata Party, Amarinder Singh said, With the ever-increasing support of the people, I am confident that a victory for BJP in Patiala and across Punjab is certain. I urge you all to come out in large numbers and vote for BJP candidates. The former Punjab Chief Minister also appealed to the people to cast their vote in favour of his wife and said, As you all know, my wife Preneet Kaur is contesting the elections in Patiala. I especially appeal to the citizens of Patiala Lok Sabha to come out in large numbers and support her by pressing the 'Kamal Nishan' (Lotus symbol). Meanwhile, Preneet Kaur took to her official X handle and posted about her election campaign in Patiala. She said, The overwhelming love that I got throughout my election campaign has humbled me. I'm sure that the people of Patiala Lok Sabha will come out and vote in the favour of the BJP. Voting for Punjab's 13 Lok Sabha seats--Amritsar, Anandpur Sahib, Bhatinda, Faridkot, Fatehgarh Sahib, Ferozpur, Gurdaspur, Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar, Khadoor Sahib, Ludhiana, Patiala, and Sangrur will take place in the seventh and final phase on June 1. In the 2019 elections, Congress emerged as the single-largest party in the state by winning eight out of 13 seats. BJP and Shiromani Akali Dal won two seats each, while Aam Aadmi Party could only win the lone seat of Sangrur. (ANI)

devdiscourse 30 May 2024 7:33 pm

PM Modi Goes Into Overdrive, Logs 200+ Rallies and Roadshows as Election Campaign Ends

New Delhi, May 30: Prime Minister Narendra Modi ended his whirlwind Lok Sabha poll campaign with a rally in Punjab's Hoshiarpur on Thursday, closing out his electioneering the way he began by focussing on a region where he has invested heavily over the years for the BJP to make a mark outside its strongholds. [] The post PM Modi Goes Into Overdrive, Logs 200+ Rallies and Roadshows as Election Campaign Ends appeared first on Northlines .

The Northlines 30 May 2024 6:36 pm

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: PM Modi ahead of other leaders in poll rallies

Hoshiarpur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi ended his whirlwind Lok Sabha poll campaign with a rally in Punjab's Hoshiarpur on Thursday, closing out his electioneering the way he beganby focussing on a region where he has invested heavily over the years for the BJP to make a mark outside its strongholds. Modi notched up a total of 206 public-outreach programmes, including rallies and roadshows, since the Election Commission (EC) announced the poll schedule on March 16. He surpassed his nearly-145 public engagements on the stump during the 2019 polls by a big margin. The campaign period this time was of 76 days, compared to 68 days in the polls held five years ago. When the EC announced the polls, Modi was on a political tour of southern India, covering all five States in the three days between March 15 and March 17. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is eying to boost its fortunes in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Andhra Pradeshthree States where it won no seat in 2019and looking to maintain its strength in Karnataka and increase its tally in Telangana. The extent of his barnstorming campaign's success will only be known on June 4, when the poll results are scheduled to be declared. At 73, Modi was not only ahead of any other leader in terms of the sheer number of rallies and distance he covered, but continued to be the biggest vote magnet for his party whose comments, panned by critics and lapped up by the BJP's ardent supporters, set the narratives of the election. The Prime Minister also gave a total of 80 media interviews, averaging more than one daily since the polls began. Modi will be in Kanyakumari from Thursday evening to June 1 for meditation, engaging in spiritual pursuit at the site associated with Swami Vivekananda.

Deccan Chronicle 30 May 2024 6:16 pm

High-Stakes Final Phase of Lok Sabha Elections: Modi vs Opposition

High-Stakes Final Phase of Lok Sabha Elections: Modi vs Opposition The high-pitched campaigning for the seventh and final phase of Lok Sabha elections in 57 seats in seven states and the Union territory of Chandigarh on June 1 ended Thursday evening. Polling is scheduled in all 13 seats of Punjab and four of Himachal Pradesh, 13 constituencies in Uttar Pradesh, nine in West Bengal, eight in Bihar, six in Odisha and three seats in Jharkhand besides Chandigarh. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking a third consecutive term from Varanasi. Voting is already over in 486 seats in 28 states and Union territories. The turnout in the first six phases was 66.14 per cent, 66.71, 65.68, 69.16, 62.2 and 63.36 per cent respectively. Counting of votes will be taken up on June 4. The campaigning saw BJP leaders led by Modi accusing the Congress and the INDIA alliance of being corrupt, anti-Hindu and engaging in loot, appeasement and dynastic politics. The Opposition parties have been claiming that the BJP is anti-farmer, anti-youth and will change and scrap the Constitution if they win the elections. At a rally in Odisha, Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge also claimed that BJP leaders were trying to project Modi as the ''eleventh avatar'' of Lord Vishnu but the people of the country will not accept. On Thursday, former prime minister Manmohan Singh accused Modi of lowering the dignity of public discourse and the gravity of the office of the prime minister by giving ''hateful speeches'' during the poll campaign. In an appeal to voters of Punjab, Singh asserted that only the Congress can ensure growth-oriented progressive future where democracy and Constitution will be safeguarded. He also hit out at the BJP government for imposing the ''ill-conceived'' Agnipath scheme on the armed forces. On Thursday evening, Modi headed to Kanyakumari where he will meditate till June 1 at the site associated with Swami Vivekananda. Modi had 206 public outreach programmes, including rallies and roadshows, since the Election Commission announced the Lok Sabha election schedule on March 16. In Punjab, where the ruling AAP and its INDIA bloc partner Congress are fighting separately in a multi-cornered contest, the high-decibel campaign saw the participation of senior BJP leaders from Modi to Union ministers Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh and Nirmala Sitharaman to BJP chief J P Nadda and chief ministers of BJP-ruled states. For the Congress, Kharge and party leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra led the campaign. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, out on interim bail in the excise policy case, also led an aggressive campaign for his party candidates along with Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann. On the final day, Modi while addressing a rally at Hoshiarpur in Punjab, attacked the Congress for ''ranting'' about the Constitution when it was the one that ''strangled'' it during the Emergency and not care about it when Sikhs were killed in the 1984 riots. At the rally in favour of his party's Hoshiarpur candidate Anita Som Parkash and Anandpur Sahib nominee Subhash Sharma here, the prime minister also touched upon the issues of reservation, corruption and the Ram Temple. Hitting out at the opposition for questioning the Agnipath scheme, he accused the INDIA bloc of making the Army a ''weapon of politics'' and said there cannot be a ''bigger sin than this''. In Uttar Pradesh, while the BJP claimed that the INDIA bloc will bring in Muslim reservation and put a 'Babri lock' in the Ayodhya temple in their speeches, the Opposition urged the people vote to save the Constitution. In West Bengal, Modi took out a rally in Kolkata on Tuesday in support of candidate for Kolkata Uttar seat Tapas Roy. TMC supremo and Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also held rallies for party candidates almost in each of the nine Lok Sabha constituencies. On Thursday, Banerjee walked a rally of 12 km from the southern part of the city's Jadavpur area to Gopalnagar. Party leader Abhishek Banerjee also participated in two rallies on the final day of campaigning. The BJP while campaigning alleged the Mamata government was involved in many scams related to coal and cattle smuggling, and irregularities in school recruitment among other issues. It also alleged how the state government was not implementing the welfare schemes of the Centre and depriving the common people of their benefits. The TMC, however, kept on reiterating that the Centre was not releasing funds to the state.

devdiscourse 30 May 2024 6:14 pm

Punjab Police Busts Illegal Mining Ring, Uncovers 4 Crore in Cash and Mobile Phones During Raids

New Delhi, May 30: Cash amounting to Rs 4.06 crore and other incriminating evidence were seized during raids against an illegal-mine operator and his company in Punjab, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) said on Thursday. The searches were launched on Wednesday at 14 residential and business premises in Rupnagar (Ropar district), Hoshiarpur, Mandi Gobindgarh (Fatehgarh Sahib [] The post Punjab Police Busts Illegal Mining Ring, Uncovers 4 Crore in Cash and Mobile Phones During Raids appeared first on Northlines .

The Northlines 30 May 2024 6:09 pm

Modi's campaign: 206 rallies, roadshows, 80 interviews

Prime Minister Narendra Modi ended his whirlwind Lok Sabha poll campaign with a rally in Punjab's Hoshiarpur on Thursday, closing out his electioneering the way he began -- by focussing on a region where he has invested heavily over the years for the Bharatiya Janata Party to make a mark outside its strongholds.

Rediff 30 May 2024 5:48 pm

PM Modi Notches Up Over 200 Rallies, Roadshows As Lok Sabha Poll Campaign Ends

New Delhi, May 30: Prime Minister Narendra Modi ended his whirlwind Lok Sabha poll campaign with a rally in Punjabs Hoshiarpur on Thursday, closing out his electioneering the way he began by focussing on a region where he has invested heavily over the years for the BJP to make a mark outside its strongholds. Follow the Daily Excelsior channel on WhatsApp Modi notched up a total of 206 public-outreach programmes, including rallies and roadshows, since the Election Commission (EC) [] The post PM Modi Notches Up Over 200 Rallies, Roadshows As Lok Sabha Poll Campaign Ends appeared first on Daily Excelsior .

Daily Excelsior 30 May 2024 5:38 pm

I will be back, roadmap for first 125 days ready, says Modi in farewell election rally

CHANDIGARH: A confident Narendra Modi on Thursday claimed the BJP will notch up a hat-trick of wins in the Lok Sabha elections as India has made up its mind to re-elect him. The Prime Minister went on add, while winding up his election campaign in Punjab's Hoshiarpur, that the work on the roadmap for first 125 days of BJP's third term has also been completed. Addressing the rally to drum up support for the party candidate from Hoshiarpur Anita Som Parkash and Anandpur Sahib candidate Dr Subash Sharma ahead of the Phase 7 Lok Sabha voting on June 1, Modi said, I have visited the entire country and people have decided and made up their mind to elect Modi Government for the third time. Today, the country has new hopes and dreams. After decades, we are scoring a hat-trick at the Centre with full majority to fulfil the dream of Viksit Bharat. The strong government ( dumdaar sarkar ) is coming back. Will initiate action against the corrupt after June 4: PM He went on to add, We have already prioritised the work to be done after coming to power. The first quarter will be dedicated to youngsters with key decisions to be taken for the next five years and (will also see the unveiling of) the vision for the next 25 years to make a new India. He emphasised that in ten years, Modi has given a robust government that vanquished the nation's enemies and made India prosperous and self-reliant. Modi once again accused the opposition of planning to snatch away the reservations set aside for SCs, backwards and tribals . The Congress and INDIA bloc members were insulting the spirit of the Constitution. They want to take away the reservations of SCs and backward classes and give them only to Muslims, he said. He said, Because of the Congress' and INDI Alliance's love for their vote bank, they could not amend the right of India on Kartarpur Sahib during partition. They continued to oppose the construction of Ram Mandir for this same votebank, INDI alliance is also opposing CAA because of their appeasement politics. Targeting the Congress further, he said the party has done double PhD in corruption. The Congress is the mother of corruption for 60 years, Congress has committed many incidents of corruption. The Congress has done PhD in corruption. Another corrupt party AAP has joined the Congress. Here they are doing a drama of fighting each other, while they are contesting together in Chandigarh and Delhi. People should not forget that the first government of the most corrupt person was formed in Delhi with the support of Congress and hence they have learned the lessons of corruption from the corrupt Congress, he said. Attacking the AAP-led Punjab Government, he charged that hey have destroyed industry and farming in Punjab. The AAP came in the name of freeing Punjab from drugs, but they have made drugs their means of earning. The entire world knows about the liquor scam in Delhi. The mining mafia is also running rampant here. Modi said, Hoshiarpur is called Chotti Kashi and is Guru Ravi Das tapobhoomi. Varanasi, from where I am MP, Guru Ravidas was born there. Therefore, in this pious land of Hoshiarpur, closing of the poll campaign, for me is a matter of pride, he said and added that his wish is for Adampur airport in Jalandhar district to be named after Guru Ravidas. Modi is first PM to lower dignity of public discourse, gravity of office: Manmohan Singh

The New Indian Express 30 May 2024 5:23 pm

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 | Congress strangled Constitution during Emergency: PM Modi

HOSHIARPUR (PUNJAB), May 30: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday attacked the Congress for ranting about the Constitution when it was the one that strangled it during the Emergency and not care about it when Sikhs were killed in the 1984 riots. Sikhs were killed after putting burning tyres around them. At that time, they [] The post Lok Sabha Elections 2024 | Congress strangled Constitution during Emergency: PM Modi appeared first on Northlines .

The Northlines 30 May 2024 5:01 pm

Punjab | Over Rs 4-Cr Cash, Mobile Phones Seized During Raids Against Illegal Mining Company

New Delhi, May 30: Cash amounting to Rs 4.06 crore and other incriminating evidence were seized during raids against an illegal-mine operator and his company in Punjab, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) said on Thursday. Follow the Daily Excelsior channel on WhatsApp The searches were launched on Wednesday at 14 residential and business premises in Rupnagar (Ropar district), Hoshiarpur, Mandi Gobindgarh (Fatehgarh Sahib district) and Una in Himachal Pradesh. During the course of search operations, various incriminating evidence, documents, mobile phones, [] The post Punjab | Over Rs 4-Cr Cash, Mobile Phones Seized During Raids Against Illegal Mining Company appeared first on Daily Excelsior .

Daily Excelsior 30 May 2024 4:55 pm

Prime Minister Narendra Modi campaigns in Punjab

Hoshiarpur: NDA supporters at Prime Minister Narendra Modis public meeting for the last phase of Lok Sabha elections, in Hoshiarpur, Punjab, Thursday, May 30, 2024. (PTI Photo) Hoshiarpur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds a mace at a public meeting for the last phase of Lok Sabha elections, in Hoshiarpur, Punjab, Thursday, May 30, 2024. (PTI Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 30 May 2024 3:57 pm

'INDI bloc insulting spirit of Constitution, Baba Saheb Ambedkar': PM Modi attacks opposition in Punjab's Hoshiarpur

PM Modi criticized Congress and AAP in a rally at Punjab's Hoshiarpur, emphasizing the importance of a full majority government for continued development and the welfare of the poor. He also highlighted the dream of a developed India and the upcoming polling for the 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab.

The Times of India 30 May 2024 2:32 pm

Hoshiarpur rally: PM Modi invokes Guru Ravidas, says welfare of poor his government's top priority

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his wish is for Adampur airport, which serves Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur, to be named after Guru Ravidas.

The Hindu 30 May 2024 1:25 pm

Congress Accuses Modi Government of Failing India's Farmers

Congress Accuses Modi Government of Failing India's Farmers The Congress on Thursday accused the Modi government of repeatedly blocking India's farmers from making any profits in the last 10 years and claimed that the pattern of policy making has been to not allow farmers to earn well when prices rise and leave them to fend for themselves when prices crash. Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh posed questions to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a day he held a rally in Hoshiarpur on the last day of campaigning. ''After peddling lies about the Father of the Nation yesterday, the outgoing PM is in Hoshiarpur for his final campaign event. Our last set of questions to him before the people of India, that is Bharat, bid him a long-awaited farewell,'' Ramesh said in his post on X. ''If not India's kisaans, will the outgoing PM guarantee MSP to Russia's farmers? Will the PM raise the 50% cap on reservations for Dalits, Adivasis and OBCs? Why does Adampur Airport offer only one flight route? Why has the Modi Sarkar failed to address the severe staff shortages at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in Chandigarh?'' he said listing his posers to the PM. Elaborating on the questions, Ramesh claimed that for the last ''10 years, the outgoing PM has repeatedly blocked India's farmers from making any profits''. ''Yesterday, it was reported that the Modi Sarkar plans to import wheat from Russia after the election, thereby pushing down wheat prices in India and hurting our kisaans,'' he said. ''This is a long-established pattern in the Modi Sarkar's policymaking. When prices rise, farmers are not allowed to earn well, as exports are banned and the market is flooded with imports. But when prices crash, farmers are left on their own, deep in debt'' Ramesh alleged. ''The only beneficiaries are the PM's 2A cronies, who have been taking control of grain storage and stand to profit from price fluctuations,'' he further alleged. Ramesh said the Congress has given two key guarantees to farmers in this regard -- that MSP will be given legal status and set according to the formula recommended by the Swaminathan Commission, and that a stable, predictable policy for the import and export of agricultural goods will be developed in consultation with farmers. ''What is the outgoing PM's vision for India's farmers? Will he draw up his import-export policy to favour them or to favour Russian farmers and his industrialist friends? If not India's kisaans, will the outgoing PM guarantee MSP to Russia's farmers?'' Ramesh said. He accused the PM of peddling ''conspiracy theories and misinformation'' regarding reservations. The PM is yet to answer a fundamental question: will he commit to removing the 50 per cent limit imposed by the Supreme Court on reservations for Dalits, Adivasis, and OBCs, Ramesh said. The Congress Party has guaranteed that it will do so to ensure equitable access to opportunities for all sections of society, he said. What is the outgoing PM's vision for social justice, Ramesh asked. He also raised the issue of Adampur airport. ''On 1st April 2024, after almost four years, flight operations at Adampur Airport finally resumed. The airport has remained non-operational since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Originally inaugurated in 2018, the airport was supposed to offer flights to Delhi, Mumbai, and Jaipur. However, since April 1, 2024, only one route has been operational - from Adampur to Hindon Airport, Ghaziabad,'' he said ''Has the outgoing PM once again used a grand inauguration for political gain without genuinely providing greater connectivity to the people?'' Ramesh said. Ramesh said the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in Chandigarh is grappling with a severe staff shortage. ''With only 7 nursing staff members attending to almost 300 patients, each nurse is burdened with the care of approximately 50 patients at a time. This enormous workload is jeopardizing both patient care and staff well-being,'' he said. Recently, the tragic suicide of a staff member has further highlighted the dire conditions at PGIMER Hospital, he said. The Congress Nyay Patra guarantees that all vacancies in medical and paramedical posts in public health institutions, and all vacancies in medical colleges will be filled in three years, Ramesh said. ''What is the outgoing PM's vision to address the staff shortages at this once-prestigious medical institution?'' Ramesh said and asked the PM to break his ''silence'' on these issues.

devdiscourse 30 May 2024 1:12 pm

Modi invokes Guru Ravidas in Hoshiarpur, says welfare of poor his top priority

Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasised the need for a full majority government at the Centre. He said that Guru Ravidas was his inspiration for prioritising the welfare of the poor during a rally in Punjab's Hoshiarpur. He highlighted the country's development over the past decade and expressed his wish for the Adampur airport to be named after Guru Ravidas. Modi criticised the Congress and INDIA bloc, accusing them of neglecting the army and engaging in corruption. Voting for 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab will take place on June 1.

The Economic Times 30 May 2024 1:07 pm

Welfare of poor is my government's top priority, a big inspiration in this is Guru Ravidas: PM Modi at rally in Punjab's Hoshiarpur.

Welfare of poor is my government's top priority, a big inspiration in this is Guru Ravidas: PM Modi at rally in Punjab's Hoshiarpur. Welfare of poor is my government's top priority, a big inspiration in this is Guru Ravidas: PM Modi at rally in Punjab's Hoshiarpur.

devdiscourse 30 May 2024 12:30 pm

Work on roadmap for first 125 days of BJP's third term has been completed: PM Modi at rally in Punjab's Hoshiarpur.

Work on roadmap for first 125 days of BJP's third term has been completed: PM Modi at rally in Punjab's Hoshiarpur. Work on roadmap for first 125 days of BJP's third term has been completed: PM Modi at rally in Punjab's Hoshiarpur.

devdiscourse 30 May 2024 12:12 pm

Farmer leader Kulwinder Machiana put under house arrest ahead of PM Modis Hoshiarpur rally

Chandigarh, May 30: BKU Ekta Sidhpur leader Kulwinder Singh Machiana was on Thursday placed under house arrest ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hoshiarpur rally. Farmers in Hoshiarpur have been provided Dasuya road and one on the highway where they can hold their protests. Modi would address a public meeting for the ongoing Lok Sabha [] The post Farmer leader Kulwinder Machiana put under house arrest ahead of PM Modis Hoshiarpur rally appeared first on Northlines .

The Northlines 30 May 2024 10:00 am

LS polls: PM Modi to hold public meeting in Punjab today

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a public meeting on Thursday for the ongoing Lok Sabha elections at Hoshiarpur in Punjab at 11 a.m. At the culmination of his election campaign, Prime Minister Modi will visit Kanyakumari from May 30 to June 1. In Kanyakumari, he will visit the Rock Memorial and perform Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 30 May 2024 8:47 am

Deras, NRIs draw the lines on 2 seats in Doaba region

JALANDHAR: The Doaba region of Punjab the Non Resident Indian (NRI) belt of the statecomprises two Lok Sabha constituencies, Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur, and both are reserved. Many small and big deras propagating religious teachings dot the entire region, and the election time offers a big opportunity to the dera heads to acquire political posturing in the company of candidates who visit the deras for a larger appeal to the voters. The Scheduled Caste community has 39% votes in Jalandhar, which is the biggest chunk of voters. From Union minister Som Parkash, former CM Charanjit Singh Channi, Ex-Union minister Preneet Kaur and former Union minister Manish Tewari are on a dear-hopping spree. Recently AAP candidate from Hoshiarpur Raj Kumar Chabbewal met head of Radha Soami Dera in Beas Baba Gurinder Singh Dhillon with his family. Releasing his photos with dera chief, Chabbewal said he has long been a dera follower and has taken the Naam Daan (which is given by the spiritual guru, for daily practice to invoke the inner voice). SAD candidate from Jalandhar Mohinder Singh Kaypee, too, went to the dera to seek the blessings. Kaypee said he considered himself fortunate to have got the opportunity to meet the dera head. INDIA bloc candidate from the Chandigarh parliamentary constituency Manish Tewari of Congress also visited the dera. Several other candidates have made a beeline to the deras in Jalandhar released photos on social media. Leaders also visit Dera Sach Khand Ballan which is the epicentre of Ravidassia community. There are around 9,000 deras across the state and some of them are influential enough to swing an election. Most people in the state patronize these deras which are believed to pocket 90% of donations. The babas heading these deras are good communicators. Their followers, mostly belonging to socially and economically marginal groups, find their counsel easier to grasp than the sermons from gurdwaras. The deras also form a protective buffer between the administration and the individuals, since local leaders follow them. With politicians visiting these deras, these deras have also come to be recognised as power centres. The deras usually communicate their support indirectly a few days before polling through religious sermons. The influence of the deras can be gauged from the fact that the current MP Preneet Kaur of BJP from Patiala visited Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan (DJJS) at Nurmahal and Dera Radha Soami Satsang, Beas, and also paid obeisance at the Ram temple and Nazarbag Sahwara in Ayodhya. The Jalandhar Lok Sabha seat has historically been a Congress bastion, with the party winning the seat 15 times across 20 elections, including three by-elections, since 1952. However, the voter preference shifted dramatically in the 2023 by-elections, when the Congress Karamjit Kaur was defeated by Congress MLA-turned- AAP candidate Sushil Rinku. Congress Charanjit Singh Channi faces Pawan Kumar Tinu of AAP and Sushil Kumar Rinky of BJP and Mohinder Singh Kaypee of SAD. In Hoshairpur, AAP has fielded Dr Raj Kumar Chabbewal. He faces Anita Som Parkash of BJP, Yamini Gomar of Congress and Sohan Singh Thandal of SAD.

The New Indian Express 30 May 2024 7:23 am

PoJK a Nehruvian- Congress blunder: Rana

Excelsior Correspondent HOSHIARPUR, May 27: Describing Pakistan occupied Jammu Kashmir (PoJK) a Nehruvian- Congress blunder, stemming out of strategic myopia, misplaced priority and appeasement in 1947, Senior BJP leader Devender Singh Rana today said Parliament has made a firm resolve by adopting a unanimous Resolution in 1994 to get it back. PoJK was, is and will be ours and this is BJPs unwavering commitment to the nation , Devender Rana said while addressing a series of election meetings in Dasuya [] The post PoJK a Nehruvian- Congress blunder: Rana appeared first on Daily Excelsior .

Daily Excelsior 28 May 2024 6:00 am

Shashi Tharoor Warns of Democracy's Peril Under BJP Rule

Amritsar: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor has criticized the BJP, warning that if the party returns to power at the Centre, it could endanger democracy in the country. Speaking to reporters during his visit to the state to campaign for former Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi, who is contesting from the Jalandhar Lok Sabha constituency as a Congress candidate, Tharoor emphasized the need to prevent the BJP from regaining power. Democracy will be at risk if the BJP forms the government again. To safeguard the nation, we must prevent the BJP from returning to power at the Centre. That's why I urge voters to support Charanjit Singh Channi, Tharoor stated.Tharoor accused the BJP of attempting to divide voters along religious lines. The BJP is fostering divisions based on religion and caste. Communities that coexisted harmoniously before are now being fragmented by the BJP, he remarked. He also alleged that the BJP has undermined the country's democratic institutions. The BJP has compromised various democratic institutions. Independent bodies intended to function impartially have been pressured and co-opted by the BJP. Media outlets critical of the government have faced scrutiny from central investigative agencies. We are living in a society where freedom of speech is under threat, Tharoor lamented.Charanjit Singh Channi is contesting against AAP candidate Pawan Kumar Tinu and SAD candidate Mohinder Singh Kaypee in the 2024 elections for the Jalandhar constituency. In Punjab, voting for all 13 seats will occur in a single phase, with the seventh and final phase scheduled for June 1, covering constituencies such as Ludhiana, Gurdaspur, Amritsar, Khadoor Sahib, Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur, Nandpur Sahib, Fatehgarh Sahib, Faridkot, Firozpur, Bathinda, Sangrur, and Patiala. Acharya Pramod Krishnam Predicts Opposition Division Post-June 4 Cyclone Remal to Intensify, Expected to Hit Bangladesh and West Bengal Tonight Deadly Fire in Krishna Nagar: Three Lives Lost and Ten Injured

News Track 26 May 2024 11:10 am

AAP leaders sitting in Delhi controlling Punjab, CM cannot take a single decision: PM Modi

AAP leaders sitting in Delhi controlling Punjab, CM cannot take a single decision: PM Modi Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday alleged that the Punjab government is being controlled by top leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) sitting, adding that the Chief Minister of state cannot make a single decision on his own. Addressing a public rally in Punjab's Gurdaspur, said that 'Durbaris' of Delhi are governing Punjab. Unfortunately, Punjab is being governed via remote control. The Durbaris of Delhi are governing Punjab. The CM of Punjab cannot make a single decision on his own... The CM had to go to Tihar Jail to take new orders to run his government... After 1st June, the corrupt will go to jail again. Will the Punjab government function from the jail again? PM Modi said. He further attacked Congress and said that Congress's 'royal family' removed Amarinder Singh from CM's post when he refused to obey orders When Congress was in power in Punjab, Congress wanted to run the government of Punjab through remote control. But Captain Amarinder Singh refused to obey the orders of the 'Shehzada' of Delhi (Rahul Gandhi). He gave priority to national security being a border state. The result was that the royal family of Congress and the 'Shehzada' removed him from the post of Chief Minister. Can anyone ever forget this insult to Punjab?, he said. He further said that INDIA boc people are a great danger to the security of the country. They are talking about reintroducing Article 370 in Kashmir. They want terrorism back in Kashmir. They want to hand over Kashmir to separatists again. They will send messages of friendship to Pakistan again. They will send roses to Pakistan. Pakistan will carry out bomb blasts. There will be terrorist attacks on the country. Congress will say, we have to talk no matter what. For this, Congress has already started creating an atmosphere. Their leaders are saying, Pakistan has an atomic bomb. Their people are saying, we'll have to live in fear of Pakistan. These INDI alliance people are speaking Pakistan's language, he added. The Prime Minister further said that the problem with Congress is that it has no faith in India. The scions of Congress tarnish the country's image when they go abroad. They say that India is not a nation. Therefore, they want to change the nation's identity. The mentor of the scions has said that the construction of the Ram temple and celebrating Ram Navami in the country threatens the identity of India, he said. Emphasizing the need for rapid development, PM Modi assured the people of Gurdaspur, Punjab, and the entire country of his unwavering commitment to their progress and prosperity. He said, Punjab's development is Modi's priority. The BJP government is building highways like the Delhi-Katra highway and the Amritsar-Pathankot highway here. BJP is developing railway facilities here, he said. Our effort is to create new opportunities in Punjab, to benefit the farmers. In the last 10 years, we have procured record amounts of rice and wheat across Punjab. The MSP, which was fixed during the Congress government, has been increased by two and a half times. Farmers are receiving PM Kisan Samman Nidhi for seeds, fertilizers, and other necessities, PM Modi added. In Punjab, voting for its 13 seats will take place in a single phase, with the seventh and final phase on June 1 seeing voting in Gurudaspur, Amritsar, Khadoor Sahib, Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur, Nandpur Sahib, Ludhiana, Fatehgarh Sahib, Faridkot, Firozpur, Bathinda, Sangrur, and Patiala constituencies. (ANI)

devdiscourse 24 May 2024 11:32 pm

Farmers Protest Against PM Modi's Jalandhar Rally

Farmers Protest Against PM Modi's Jalandhar Rally A group of farmers on Friday held a protest after they were stopped from moving towards the rally venue of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Jalandhar. The protesters were stopped by security personnel around eight km away from PM Modi's rally venue PAP Ground. PM Modi on Friday held a rally in Jalandhar to seek votes for BJP candidates. After they were stopped, farmers led by the Bharati Kisan Union (Doaba) held a protest near an eatery on the Phagwara-Jalandhar National Highway. A group of farmers had earlier announced that they will show black flags to PM Modi when he visits Punjab for poll campaigning. The activists, led by BKU (D) president Manjit Singh Rai first assembled at the Grain market on the Phagwara-Hoshiarpur road and then drove for about 14 km before being stopped. They raised slogans against PM Modi and the BJP. The protest was held on the service lane and the national highway was kept open for normal traffic. Phagwara Superintendent of Police Rupinder Kaur Bhatti monitored the security arrangements as well as the barricading for stopping protesters from advancing towards the rally site. Earlier in the morning, several farmer leaders, including Rai, general secretary Satnam Singh Sahni, senior vice president Kirpal Singh Moosapur, senior leaders Gurpal Mauli and Sarpanch Kulwinder Singh were detained at their respective houses. However, they were later let off.

devdiscourse 24 May 2024 11:08 pm

Modi Charges at Congress and AAP, Promises Accountability for Punjab's Woes

Modi Charges at Congress and AAP, Promises Accountability for Punjab's Woes Prime Minister Narendra Modi hit out at the Congress on Friday over the 1984-anti Sikh riots, alleging that while it allowed the ''massacre of Sikhs'' and its government at the Centre protected the rioters, he ensured that the guilty were punished. Canvassing for the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Lok Sabha poll candidates in Punjab, Modi also alleged that Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann cannot take decisions on his own and that he had to go to Tihar Jail in Delhi to take orders from Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo Arvind Kejriwal. At a rally in Jalandhar, the prime minister said the ruling AAP in Punjab had said it would end the drugs trade in the state in two months. ''Today, drug dealers have been given a free licence in Punjab. Families after families are getting destroyed,'' he said. Referring to a money-laundering case linked to the alleged liquor scam in Delhi, Modi accused AAP leaders of being ''wholesale traders of drugs''. ''The people of Punjab have understood that the 'jharoo' (broomstick, the poll symbol of the AAP) party people are themselves wholesale traders of drugs. Why will those who perpetrated such a big liquor scam (in Delhi) not dive into the black money of drugs in Punjab?'' he asked the gathering. Kejriwal was sent to Tihar Jail by a court in the money-laundering case. The Delhi chief minister is currently out on interim bail to campaign for the polls. In Gurdaspur, Modi said, ''Dilli ke darbari'' are running Punjab. ''The chief minister cannot take any decision on his own. His master went to jail and the Punjab government started shutting down. ''To take orders and run the government, the chief minister had to go to Tihar Jail and present his report card to him (Kejriwal),'' the prime minister told the rally that was organised to seek support for BJP candidates Dinesh Babbu (Gurdaspur), Taranjit Singh Sandhu (Amritsar) and Anita Som Parkash (Hoshiarpur). After June 1, when the last phase of polling is scheduled to be held, the ''kattar bhrastachari'' (corrupt Kejriwal) will again go to jail, Modi said. ''Will the Punjab government again be run from jail? Do you want such a government?'' he asked the gathering and asserted that the state's development is his priority. Targeting the Congress and the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA), Modi said nobody knows the real face of the coalition better than the people of Punjab. He alleged that it is the same alliance that inflicted the ''maximum wounds'' on Punjab. After the country achieved freedom, it gave the wound of partition and then the wound of instability and a long period of unrest, he said. ''They fuelled separatism in Punjab. Then they got the massacre of Sikhs done in Delhi. Till the time the Congress was in power at the Centre, it used to protect the rioters,'' the prime minister said, adding, ''It was Modi who got the files of the anti-Sikh riots opened. It was Modi who ensured punishment to the guilty.'' He alleged that when Amarinder Singh was the chief minister of Punjab, the Congress wanted to run his government through a ''remote control''. ''But Amarinder Singh refused to obey the orders from Dilli ke shehzade (former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi),'' he said. In Jalandhar, Modi again raised the emotive issue of the Kartarpur corridor to target the Congress, while noting that more than 90,000 Pakistani soldiers surrendered in the 1971 Indo-Pak War and before freeing them, the then Indian government could have asked for the Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara in return. But the Congress did not do so to keep its vote bank happy, he alleged. Accusing the Congress of indulging in appeasement politics, Modi claimed that the party got history books written by its favourite historians. ''Two kinds families were mentioned in these books -- their own family and Mughal families. The result was that several generations could not be properly familiar with the martyrdom of the Sahibzaade (the sons of Guru Gobind Singh),'' he said. At every important juncture in history, the Congress hid the misdeeds of its vote bank, the prime minister alleged. Punjab bore such a huge tragedy of the partition, but even this was not properly taught to children, he claimed, while adding that the Congress felt that its ''sins'' will come to the fore in that case and its vote bank will not feel good. Modi alleged that the AAP has learnt the lesson of Emergency from the Congress. The Kejriwal-led party is a photocopy of the Congress, he said as he accused the AAP government in Punjab of targeting the media. ''It registers cases against those media houses that do not bow down before its threats. My (BJP) state president has taken it upon himself that he will not let the freedom of press be hindered in any way,'' Modi said. He was apparently referring to an FIR lodged against Barjinder Singh Hamdard, the managing editor of the Ajit Group of Newspapers, and 25 others for alleged misappropriation of funds in the construction of the Rs 315-crore Jang-e-Azadi memorial at Kartarpur in Jalandhar. Voting for the AAP and the Congress means voting against Punjab, Modi said.

devdiscourse 24 May 2024 11:06 pm

328 candidates allotted election symbols for 13 LS seats in Punjab, including 169 independents: State chief electoral officer

328 candidates allotted election symbols for 13 LS seats in Punjab, including 169 independents: State chief electoral officer Punjab Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sibin C on Sunday said that 328 candidates contesting for 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab have been allotted election symbols by the District Election Officers as per the instructions of the Election Commission of India. He said that out of the total 328 candidates, 169 are independent candidates contesting this time. He further said that voters can check the details of all these candidates and their affidavits submitted to the Election Commission on the KYC app. Providing further details, CEO Sibin C said that 26 candidates are contesting from Gurdaspur, including 14 independents, while 30 candidates are contesting from Amritsar, out of which 18 are independents. Similarly, 27 candidates are in the fray from Khadoor Sahib, of which 18 are independents. There are 20 candidates in the fray from Jalandhar, including eight independents. A total of 16 candidates are contesting from Hoshiarpur, out of which four are independents. Out of the total 28 candidates from Anandpur Sahib, 13 are independents. Of the 43 candidates in Ludhiana, 26 are independents. Out of the total 14 candidates in Fatehgarh Sahib, seven are independents. Out of the total 28 candidates from Faridkot, 12 are independents. A total of 29 candidates, including 17 independents, are contesting from Ferozepur. Of the total 18 candidates from Bathinda, eight are independents. Out of 23 candidates in Sangrur, nine are independents, while 15 independent out of total 26 candidates are contesting from Patiala. He added that the election preparations are in the final stages and polling will be held on June 1 from 7 am to 6 pm. In Punjab, voting for its 13 seats will take place in a single phase. The seventh and final phase on June 1 will see voting in Gurudaspur, Amritsar, Khadoor Sahib, Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur, Nandpur Sahib, Ludhiana, Fatehgarh Sahib, Faridkot, Firozpur, Bathinda, Sangrur, and Patiala constituencies. The counting of votes will be held on June 4. (ANI)

devdiscourse 19 May 2024 6:32 pm

Nine charred to death, 15 injured as moving bus catches fire in Haryana

CHANDIGARH: At least nine people, including six women, were burnt alive and more than 15 injured when a moving bus carrying devotees from Punjab caught fire near Tauru in Haryanas Nuh district early on Saturday, police said. The incident occurred on the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) Expressway around 2 am when around 60 people, all residents of Hoshiarpur and Ludhiana, were returning in the bus after visiting pilgrim towns of Ujjan and Mathura-Vrindavan, police said. Nine people, including six women and three men, were killed in the accident. Fifteen people were injured and have been hospitalised. All the injured are stable, said a police official from Tauru. The cause is yet to be ascertained. A probe is underway, he said. After getting information, the police and a fire brigade team reached the spot brought the fire under control, but by then eight people were burnt alive, the police official said. The injured were rushed to the hospital. One of the injured died in the hospital, he said. A local eyewitness said that after seeing the bus on fire, they called out to the driver and asked him to stop. As the bus did not stop, so they chased the bus on a motorcycle and informed the driver, but by then the fire has spread in the bus. In another incident, four students of Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law died in a car crash in Patiala when their speeding SUV met with an accident late on Friday night, police said. Three boys and a girl, all law students, died in the accident. The impact of the collision was so intense that police had to use tractors to pull a part of the crushed wreckage to take out the bodies, a police official said. According to witnesses, the SUV moving in high speed went off the road and crashed into the fields nearby.

The New Indian Express 19 May 2024 7:48 am

9 killed, 15 injured as bus catches fire in Haryana

GURUGRAM: At least nine people were burnt alive and 15 injured when a moving bus caught fire near Tauru in Haryana's Nuh district in the early hours of Saturday, police said. The incident occurred around 2 am on the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) Expressway. The bus was carrying around 60 people, all residents of Punjab's Hoshiarpur and Ludhiana, who were returning from pilgrim towns of Mathura and Vrindavan. All of them are relatives, police said. Nine people -- six women and three men -- were killed in the accident. Fifteen people were injured and have been hospitalised. All the injured are stable, said Inspector Jitendra Kumar, Station House Officer, Sadar Tauru. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. A probe is underway, he said. A local resident said that after noticing the fire, some people chased the bus on a motorcycle and asked the driver to stop. The locals also informed the police and fire department.

The New Indian Express 18 May 2024 9:42 am

BJPs Hoshiarpur candidate faces protest by farmers

A group of farmers led by Kirti Kisan Union district president Jagtar Singh Bhinder staged a protest at the Barian Kalan-Bahowal link road.

The Hindu 18 May 2024 9:39 am

LS Polls: Haryana with 16 beats neighbour Punjab in fielding women candidates

CHANDIGARH: Four major parties in Punjab have fielded only six women candidates for the Lok Sabha elections, with BJP picking three, Congress two, and SAD one. AAP has not fielded any woman candidate. In neighbouring Haryana, parties have fielded 16 women and one in Himachal Pradesh. The Aam Aadmi Party was the first to announce candidates for all the 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab but it has not given ticket to any woman. Tuesday was the last day to file nominations. BJPs three women candidates are Preneet Kaur, wife of former CM Amarinder Singh, from Patiala; Anita Som Parkash, wife of Union minister of state Som Parkash, from Hoshiarpur (reserved); and former IAS officer Parampal Kaur Sidhu, daughter-in-law of Akali Dal leader SS Maluka, from Bathinda. Preneet was the Congresss MP, but she quit the party and joined the BJP. Congress two woman candidates are Yamini Gomar from Hoshiarpur and Amarjit Kaur Sahoke from Faridkot, both reserve seats. The Shiromani Akali Dal has fielded MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal, wife of party president Sukhbir Singh Badal, from Bathinda for the fourth time. A former Union minister, Harsimrat defeated Raninder Singh, son Amarinder Singh, from Bathinda in 2009 LS polls. She defeated her brother-in-law Manpreet Singh Badal of Congress in 2014, and current Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh Raja Warring in 2019. A former government schoolteacher, Sahoke resigned from her job in 2013 and joined SAD and was elected as a zila parishad member. She also remained chairman of the zila parishad from 2013 to 2018. She contested assembly elections from Jagraon in 2017 but was defeated. Then she quit SAD and joined Congress. The 49-year old Gomar was AAP candidate from Hoshiarpur and came third. She resigned from AAP in 2016 and joined the Congress. It is unfortunate that AAP has not given representation to any woman in the parliamentary polls. The party often talks about women empowerment and equality but could not find even a single woman candidate, said Partap Singh Bajwa, Congress leader. In Haryana, BJP has given ticket to Banto Kataria from Amabla (reserved) and Congress to former union minister and ex-state unit president Kumari Selja from Sirsa.INLD has announced Sunaina Chautala from Hisar and she faces her cousin sister-in-law Naina Singh Chautala of JJP. Haryana Chief Electoral Officer Anurag Aggarwal said that after withdrawal of nominations, 223 candidates, including 16 women, are left in the contest for the 10 Lok Sabha seats in the state. Hisar has the maximum women candidates three out of 28. Kurukshetra has most number of candidates at 31, but only one woman. At Ambala, 14 candidates, including two women, are contesting. In Sirsa, one woman is among 19 candidates. Karnal has two women candidates, Rohtak two, Bhiwani-Mahendragarh two, Gurgaon one, and Faridabad two. In Himachal, BJP has fielded actress-turned-politician Kangana Ranaut from Mandi.

The New Indian Express 15 May 2024 8:13 am

People across country want to make Narendra Modi PM again: Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami

People across country want to make Narendra Modi PM again: Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami Uttarakhand CM and BJP leader Pushkar Singh Dhami said that the entire country in unison felt that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has tirelessly worked for 140 crore people of the country in the past 10 years and they want to make him PM again. He participated in the nomination filing process of the BJP candidate from Anandpur Sahib Lok Sabha seat Dr Subhash Sharma in Punjab on Tuesday. Pushkar Singh Dhami said, I visited many parts of the country during this (Lok Sabha) election in the last 25 days. A different kind of enthusiasm can be seen among people. All over the country, people want to make Modi ji the PM again. From Kashmir to Kanyakumari and Atak to Cuttack, everyone feels that PM Modi has served the country tirelessly in the past 10 years for 140 crore people of the country. We know that wherever there is a double-engine government in the country, at that place development has been at a rapid pace. He further said that PM Modi has worked for the people considering them to be his family members. In West Bengal's Hoogly in this hot weather, thousands of people including women and youth were out in the streets which was overwhelming. In Telangana's Warangal, Secunderabad and other places people are coming forward and feel that PM Modi has worked for them considering them to be his family members. This election is the time for PM Modi to get the reward for his sacrifice and hard work, he added. Earlier, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami expressed confidence in the victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party in Punjab and said that the state will create history on June 4. Dhami held a roadshow in support of the BJP candidate Dr Subhash Sharma from the Anandpur Sahib Lok Sabha seat. Sharma is facing Congress nominee Vijay Inder Singla, AAP's Malvinder Singh Kang and Shiromani Akali Dal's (SAD) Prem Singh Chandumajra for the seat. In Punjab, voting for its 13 seats will take place in a single phase. The seventh and final phase on June 1 will see voting in Gurudaspur, Amritsar, Khadoor Sahib, Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur, Nandpur Sahib, Ludhiana, Fatehgarh Sahib, Faridkot, Firozpur, Bathinda, Sangrur, and Patiala constituencies. In the previous Lok Sabha Elections of 2019, the INC-led UPA alliance secured eight seats with a vote share of 40.6 per cent, while the NDA managed to secure four with a voting percentage of 9.7. The AAP, making its debut, secured one seat. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and AAP bagged 4 seats each while Congress secured 3 seats. The BJP managed to secure only two seats. The counting of votes will be held on June 4. (ANI)

devdiscourse 14 May 2024 11:30 pm

LS polls: Punjab CEO Sibin C releases final list of total voters in state

LS polls: Punjab CEO Sibin C releases final list of total voters in state Punjab Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sibin C on Tuesday released the final list of total voters of Punjab for Lok Sabha Elections 2024. A total of 2,14,61,739 voters are eligible to cast their votes for the elections to be held in Punjab on June 1, 2024. According to an official statement, providing further details, Sibin C said that May 4 was the deadline for registering new voters in Punjab and the forms submitted by 4 May were to be decided by May 14. According to the voter list released today, the total number of voters in Punjab is 2,14,61,739. These include 1,12,86,726 male voters, 1,01,74,240 female voters and 773 transgender voters. The Chief Electoral Officer said that 5,38,715 voters belong to the 18-19 age group, who will be casting their votes for the first time. Similarly, 1,89,855 voters are aged above 85 years. The total number of 'Divyang' voters is 1,58,718. For the 13 Lok Sabha seats, a total of 24,451 polling stations will be set up, with 16,517 in villages and 7,934 in cities. In Punjab, 100 per cent photo identity cards (EPIC) have been made. Instructions have already been given to the Deputy Commissioners-cum-District Election Officers, to ensure all arrangements are made for the convenience of voters at the polling booths. He urged voters to participate enthusiastically to achieve the target of 'Is Vaar 70 Paar'. There are a total of 16,05,204 voters in the Lok Sabha constituency of Gurdaspur, including 8,48,885 male voters, 7,56,283 female voters, and 36 transgender voters. In Amritsar, there are a total of 16,11,263 voters, including 8,45,434 male voters, 7,65,766 female voters, and 63 transgender voters. Similarly, Khadoor Sahib has a total of 16,67,797 voters, including 8,76,281 male voters, 7,91,449 female voters and 67 transgender voters. Jalandhar has a total of 16,54,003 voters, including 8,59,687 male voters, 7,94,272 female voters and 44 transgender voters. Likewise, Hoshiarpur has a total of 16,01,826 voters including 8,30,840 male voters, 7,70,942 female voters and 44 transgender voters. Anandpur Sahib has a total of 17,32,211 voters, including 9,04,050 male voters, 8,28,097 female voters and 64 transgender voters. Ludhiana has a total of 17,58,614 voters, out of which 9,37,094 are male voters, 8,21,386 are female voters and 134 are transgender voters. Fatehgarh Sahib has a total of 15,52,567 voters, including 8,23,339 male voters, 7,29,196 female voters and 32 transgender voters. Faridkot has a total of 15,94,033 voters, including 8,42,184 male voters, 7,51,768 female voters and 81 transgender voters. Ferozepur has a total of 16,70,008 voters, including 8,80,617 male voters, 7,89,343 female voters and 48 transgender voters. Bathinda has a total of 16,51,188 voters, including 8,70,014 male voters, 7,81,140 female voters and 34 transgender voters. Sangrur has a total of 15,56,601 voters, including 8,24,001 male voters, 7,32,554 female voters and 46 transgender voters. Similarly, Patiala has a total of 18,06,424 voters, including 9,44,300 male voters, 8,62,044 female voters and 80 transgender voters. Sibin C further said that there will be a total of 24,451 polling stations for 13 Lok Sabha seats. These include 1895 in Gurdaspur, Amritsar 1684, Khadoor Sahib 1974, Jalandhar 1951, Hoshiarpur 1963, Anandpur Sahib 2068, Ludhiana 1843, Fatehgarh Sahib 1821, Faridkot 1688, Ferozepur 1903, Bathinda 1814, Sangrur 1765 and in Patiala 2082 Polling Stations. In Punjab, voting for its 13 seats will take place in a single phase. The seventh and final phase on June 1 will see voting in Gurudaspur, Amritsar, Khadoor Sahib, Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur, Nandpur Sahib, Ludhiana, Fatehgarh Sahib, Faridkot, Firozpur, Bathinda, Sangrur, and Patiala constituencies. The counting of votes will be held on June 4. (ANI)

devdiscourse 14 May 2024 11:06 pm

Punjab LS Polls: 95 nominations filed by 82 candidates for 13 Lok Sabha seats, says CEO

Punjab LS Polls: 95 nominations filed by 82 candidates for 13 Lok Sabha seats, says CEO The Chief Electoral Officer, Punjab, Sibin C reported that 95 nominations were filed by 82 candidates for 13 Lok Sabha seats on the fourth day of filing of nominations in Punjab for the Lok Sabha elections. According to the Information and Public Relations Department, Punjab, 9 candidates have filed 14 nomination papers from Gurdaspur. These include Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa from the Indian National Congress and Dinesh Singh from the Bharatiya Janata Party. 8 nominations have been filed by 6 candidates from Amritsar. These include Taranjit Singh Sandhu from the Bharatiya Janata Party and Anil Joshi from the Shiromani Akali Dal. Three candidates have filed their nomination papers from Khadoor Sahib, including Manjit Singh from the Bharatiya Janata Party and Gurdial Singh from the Communist Party of India. Amritpal Singh has filed his nomination papers as an independent candidate. Six candidates have filed their nominations from Jalandhar, including Sushil Kumar from the Bharatiya Janata Party, Mohinder Singh Kaypee from the Shiromani Akali Dal, Charanjit Singh Channi from the Indian National Congress, and Balwinder Kumar from the Bahujan Samaj Party. Five candidates have filed seven nominations from Hoshiarpur. These include Yamani Gomar from the Indian National Congress and Raj Kumar from the Aam Aadmi Party. Nine nominations have been filed by seven candidates from Anandpur Sahib. These include Prem Singh from the Shiromani Akali Dal and Malvinder Singh Kang from the Aam Aadmi Party. Twelve Candidates have filed their nominations from Ludhiana. These include Ravneet Singh from the Bharatiya Janata Party and Davinder Singh from the Bahujan Samaj Party. Eight nominations have been filed by six candidates from Fatehgarh Sahib, including Gurpreet Singh from the Aam Aadmi Party. Eight candidates have filed their nominations from Faridkot. These include Rajwinder Singh Randhawa from the Shiromani Akali Dal. Seven candidates have filed their nominations from Bathinda, including Gurmeet Singh of the Aam Aadmi Party, Jeetmohinder Singh from the Indian National Congress, and Nikka Singh from the Bahujan Samaj Party. Four candidates have filed their nominations from Sangrur, including Surinder Kaur from the Bahujan Samaj Party. Five candidates have filed their nominations from Patiala, including Narinder Kumar Sharma from the Shiromani Akali Dal and Jagjit Singh from the Bahujan Samaj Party. Four candidates have filed their nomination papers from Ferozepur. These include Nardev Singh from the Shiromani Akali Dal. Sibin C also mentioned that due to gazetted holidays on May 11 and 12, no nomination papers can be filed on these days. Notably, from May 7 to May 10, 163 nomination papers have been filed by 143 candidates. (ANI)

devdiscourse 10 May 2024 10:10 pm

Sonalika Powers Ahead with Record Tractor Sales, Securing Market Share in April'24

Sonalika Powers Ahead with Record Tractor Sales, Securing Market Share in April'24 New Delhi (India), May 10: After an unprecedented success in FY'24 with the highest ever annual overall market share, India's No. 1 tractor export brand Sonalika Tractors is excited to have commenced its FY'25 journey with a robust new platform. The company has clocked a record 11,656 overall tractor sales and has continued to gain market share on a y-o-y basis in April'24 with its diligent efforts and perseverance. Every innovative tractor which is rolled out from Sonalikas World's No. 1 tractor plant in Hoshiarpur exhibits excellence in terms of delivering productivity and profitability for farmers. Sonalika's thrust on creating a perfect blend of quality and performance in its heavy tractor range has enabled the company to firmly secure the 3rd largest tractor brand position in India - the world's biggest tractor market. The company has already launched a 5-year warranty and showcasing tractor prices on its website, which keeps them perpetually excited about having Sonalika as a reliable partner in their farming journey. Sharing his thoughts on the new benchmark performance, Mr Raman Mittal, Joint Managing Director, International Tractors Limited, said, ''We are elated to have begun our FY'25 voyage with an exciting performance of 11,656 overall tractor sales in April24 with a market share gain. Our advanced heavy-duty tractor series have consistently led farmers towards a world full of new opportunities and which is why we are today proudly 15+ lakh farmer family. Moreover, the El Nino effect continues to weaken and with above normal monsoon predictions in the year ahead, the reservoirs are expected to rebound faster to normal levels which should subsequently make for a healthy demand during the year. With a year full of boundless opportunities ahead, we are now more confident to launch new products in FY'25 for increasing farmer productivity as we believe there remains no limit for us to what can be achieved.

devdiscourse 10 May 2024 2:27 pm

Congress Names Sher Singh Ghubaya as Candidate for Firozpur Lok Sabha Seat

Amritsar: The All India Congress Committee (AICC) announced on Tuesday that Sher Singh Ghubaya will be the Congress candidate for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from the Firozpur constituency in Punjab.According to a press release issued by the AICC, The Central Election Committee has approved the candidature of Shri Sher Singh Ghubaya as Congress candidate to contest the ensuing general elections to the Lok Sabha from 10 - Firozpur Parliamentary constituency of Punjab. Punjab will have voting for all its 13 seats in a single phase, with the final phase scheduled for June 1. The constituencies where polling will take place include Firozpur, Ludhiana, Gurdaspur, Amritsar, Khadoor Sahib, Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur, Nandpur Sahib, Fatehgarh Sahib, Faridkot, Bathinda, Sangrur, and Patiala.Meanwhile, polling is underway for 93 Lok Sabha seats across 12 states and union territories in the third phase of the general election on Tuesday. The states and union territories where elections are being held in this phase are Assam (4), Bihar (5), Chhattisgarh (7), Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu (2), Goa (2), Gujarat (25), Karnataka (14), Maharashtra (11), Madhya Pradesh (8), Uttar Pradesh (10), and West Bengal (4). The BJP has won the Surat seat unopposed.In this phase, more than 1300 candidates, including around 120 women, are contesting. A total of 17.24 crore voters are eligible to cast their votes in this phase at 1.85 lakh polling stations. Prominent leaders contesting in today's elections include Union Home Minister Amit Shah, former Madhya Pradesh chief ministers Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Digvijaya Singh, Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, Samajwadi Party leader Dimple Yadav, and NCP (SP) leader Supriya Sule, among others. In the 2019 general election, the BJP won 72 of the 93 seats that are going to the polls today. The Lok Sabha elections are being held across seven phases, from April 19 to June 1. The counting is scheduled for June 4. Modi Creating Hatred for Political Gain, Says Sonia Gandhi in a Video Message Container Carrying 666 Crore Worth of Gold Jewels Capsizes in Tamil Nadu CBI and Lokayukta Complaint Filed in 800 Crore Scam Involving Mallikarjun Kharge's Son-in-law

News Track 7 May 2024 6:11 pm

This Dalit convert to Sikhism from Tamil Nadu's Thoothukudi is contesting polls from Punjab's Hoshiarpur

CHANDIGARH: A Sikh who hails from Tamil Nadu and heads the Bahujan Dravida Party (BDP) is contesting the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from Hoshiarpur (reserved) seat in Punjab. Jeevan Singh Malla, earlier Jeevan Kumar Malla a Scheduled Caste (SC) man, had embraced Sikhism in January last year. This election seven Sikhs from his party were in the poll fray in Tamil Nadu. They were all BDP candidates. The 51-year old Malla, who is a practicing lawyer in the Supreme Court and belongs to Kadodipannai village in Thoothukudi district of Tamil Nadu, has this to say: Sikhism offers liberation for the SC, ST and OBC population from the caste system. Sikhism alone ensures self-respect and dignity and promotes message of peace, as kirpan is a symbol of peace. Malla said that embracing Sikhism was his personal decision. His wife and children have not adopted the religion. I embraced Sikhism in January last year after reading a book titled Captivating the Simple-Hearted: A Struggle for Human Dignity in the Indian Subcontinent . I translated the book into Tamil. My wife and a party leader translated the book into Hindi, he said. I came to know about Guru Gobind Singh from Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Kanshi Ram, he said. Initially I came to know about Sikh Gurus from the discourses of Osho, he added. Talking about his family background, Malla said that his grandfather Kalungkadioyan was a landless agricultural laborer and his father Ilaya Perumal was the first graduate in 100 villages in their area. He was a Class I officer with the Tamil Nadu government. Malla and his wife have two children. He has three brothers and a sister. INTERVIEW | Im no outsider, born & brought up in Chandigarh I have been visiting Punjab for last about a decade, he says. Malla a law graduate and who has done his masters in political science floated the BDP in 2019. This is the first election the BDP is facing. The party has fielded as many as 40 candidates in states including Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, UP and Delhi. Jeevan Singh Malla said that besides him, two other candidates are contesting the polls from Punjab.

The New Indian Express 6 May 2024 9:37 pm

Punjab Polls: General, Police Observers Deployed

Punjab Polls: General, Police Observers Deployed The Election Commission has appointed general and police observers for 13 seats in Punjab to ensure peaceful and transparent elections. They will assume their responsibilities from May 14, Punjab Chief Electoral Officer Sibin C said in a statement. The nomination process for the Lok Sabha seats in Punjab will commence on May 7. Sibin C said 13 IAS officers from various states have been appointed as general observers, while seven IPS officers have been appointed as police observers. Their role is to ensure adherence to the rules and directives of the ECI during the elections, regarding the Model Code of Conduct, he said. Among the IAS officers who have been appointed as general observers are K Mahesh for Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat, Siddharth Jain for Amritsar, Abhimanyu Kumar for Khadoor Sahib, J Meghanatha Reddy for Jalandhar, Dr. R. Anandakumar for Hoshiarpur and Dr Heera Lal for Anandpur Sahib. Divya Mittal has been appointed for Ludhiana, Rakesh Shankar for Fatehgarh Sahib, Roohi Khan for Faridkot, Kapil Meena for Ferozepur, Dr S Prabhakar for Bathinda, Shanavas for Sangrur and Om Prakash Bakoria for Patiala Lok Sabha seat. Police observers include IPS officers Kushal Pal Singh for Gurdaspur and Hoshiarpur Lok Sabha seats, Sweta Shrimali for Amritsar and Khadoor Sahib, Satish Kumar Gajbhiye for Jalandhar and Ludhiana, Sandeep Gajanan Diwan for Anandpur Sahib and Fatehgarh Sahib, B Shankar Jaiswal for Bathinda and Faridkot, A.R. Damodhar for Ferozepur and Amir Javed for Sangrur and Patiala Lok Sabha seats. Fifteen IRS officers have already been appointed as expenditure observers.

devdiscourse 6 May 2024 3:13 pm

AAP's Hayer says Sangrur voters won't be fooled by 'outsider' Congress candidate Khaira

AAP's Hayer says Sangrur voters won't be fooled by 'outsider' Congress candidate Khaira The Sangrur parliamentary constituency's electorate knows of the Bhagwant Mann-led Punjab government's pro-people works and they cannot be fooled by an ''outsider'', AAP candidate from the seat Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer said in a dig at Congress' Sukhpal Singh Khaira. The ''outsider'' barb against the Congress nominee for the seat comes days after Hayer had claimed that he had asked Khaira to name 10 villages of Sangrur and he could not name even three. ''Why will people vote for Khaira. They do not know him. How can Khaira stay in Sangrur when he is used to going for morning walks every day at the Sukhna Lake (in Chandigarh),'' Hayer, 34, told PTI while attacking the Congress leader, who is the MLA from Bolath which falls under the Hoshiarpur Lok Sabha seat. Besides Khaira, Hayer, who is the Punjab sports minister, also has as his rivals sitting Sangrur MP and Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) leader Simranjit Singh Mann and Shiromani Akali Dal's Iqbal Singh Jhunda. The BJP is yet to name its candidate for the seat that was won by Bhagwant Mann in the 2014 and 2019 polls. The AAP, however, lost Sangrur in 2022 in a bypoll necessitated after he was elected to the Punjab assembly. ''We are taking the works done by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government to the people,'' Hayer said and asserted that there is no competition in Sangrur and the AAP will win with a huge margin. The fight of candidates of the Congress, Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) and the Shiromani Akali Dal is for the second spot, Hayer claimed. Attacking Khaira, he said that ''a person who does not even know (the names of) villages, how can he speak about the people of this constituency''. ''I feel if an outsider can think that he can fool the voters of Sangrur, it is not possible,'' Hayer said. People know what is the truth, he said and added that they know the ''pro-people'' works done by the Mann government in the past two years. Hayer also claimed that no Congress worker is ready to work with Khaira. A few days ago, former Congress MLA Dalvir Singh Goldy, who was aspiring for a ticket from the party to contest from Sangrur, quit it to join the AAP. On the BJP, Hayer said it has no base here. No one is ready to contest on a BJP ticket, he claimed while pointing out that till now, the party has ''failed'' to name its nominee for Sangrur. No other government has been able to do what the AAP dispensation has done for Punjab in the last two years, Hayer said. The state government has not only given 43,000 jobs to the youth but also provided free electricity (300 units per month) to households and did many works for the welfare of the people, he said. ''Canal water has reached hundreds of villages here for the first time,'' Hayer said as he listed his government's initiatives for the agriculture sector. Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, while campaigning in Barnala, had said Sangrur is and will always be the ''capital'' (stronghold) of the AAP. AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal also deeply cares about Sangrur and he always asks about it, Mann had said. Polling for the 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab will take place on June 1.

devdiscourse 4 May 2024 2:24 pm

Foreign job scam: Two held in Noida, 104 passports seized

Foreign job scam: Two held in Noida, 104 passports seized With the arrest of two men, the Noida Police on Friday claimed to have busted a gang of thugs that duped money from people on the pretext of helping them get employment in foreign countries. The gang has been operational for about six years now and cheated gullible people by assuring them jobs in countries like Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, police said. The police said they have seized 104 passports and 31 forged visa documents, 36 fake work contracts, among other items, from the possession of the duo, one of whom is a qualified software engineer. ''A team led by ACP 3 (Shavya Goyal) has arrested two accused. During inquiry it has come to light that the gang was making money from people on the pretext of sending them to foreign countries and getting them employment there,'' Deputy Commissioner of Police (Noida) Vidya Sagar Mishra said. ''They were using forged visa documents, Aadhaar cards, work contracts. 104 passports have been seized from them. These passports belonged to people whom they were duping. An FIR was lodged against them in Delhi in the past and we are gathering more details about it,'' Mishra told reporters. Ishaq Yunus alias Robin alias Jitendra (30), and Rohit Oberoi (27) were nabbed near Hoshiarpur on Friday by officials of Sector 49 police station team on the basis of a tip-off, police said. During interrogation, it was revealed that Jitendra is the leader of the gang and this work was being carried out by him for the last six years, a police spokesperson said. ''This gang misleads youth with job offers in foreign countries like Jordan, Saudi Arabia etc. For this work, the accused takes Rs 80,000- Rs 90,000 from a candidate, and if they find any shortcoming in official papers, they would increase the rate and demand more money from them to fix the issue,'' the official said. The gang promoted its fake consultancy firm using various social media platforms and when a victim contacts them after seeing this advertisement, they are told that if they bring more candidates, their charge would be reduced, the official said. ''After this, in the name of getting jobs abroad, they extort money from the unemployed persons by showing them fake visas and company contracts, they are not given jobs anywhere. As soon as the money was collected, they closed the office and would run away,'' the spokesperson said. The gang has carried out such incidents in the past in Delhi, Haryana and other parts of Uttar Pradesh also, the police said. An FIR has been lodged against the accused, who were produced in a local court which has sent them to jail, the police added.

devdiscourse 3 May 2024 9:12 pm

Punjab man arrested for spying for Pakistan's ISI: Police

A man from Punjab's Hoshiarpur district was arrested for allegedly spying for Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence and helping the agency in organising anti-India activities, police said on Friday. The man is accused of aiding anti-India activities by providing sensitive information about Indian Army deployments, and transmitting documents and photos from his mobile phone, they said.

The Economic Times 3 May 2024 4:01 pm

Punjab man arrested for spying for Pakistan's ISI: Police

A man from Punjab's Hoshiarpur district was arrested for allegedly spying for Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence and helping the agency in organising anti-India activities, police said on Friday. The man is accused of aiding anti-India activities by providing sensitive information about Indian Army deployments, and transmitting documents and photos from his mobile phone, they said.

The Economic Times 3 May 2024 4:01 pm

Punjab Assembly Elections: EC Deploys 15 Expenditure Observers

Punjab Assembly Elections: EC Deploys 15 Expenditure Observers The Election Commission (EC) on Thursday appointed expenditure observers for Lok Sabha constituencies in Punjab to ensure parties comply with expenditure regulations during the campaign period, officials said. These 15 expenditure observers are entrusted with the responsibility of overseeing the expenditure incurred by candidates and political parties during the campaign period and ensuring that it is in compliance with election expenditure regulations, they said. Harshad S Vengurlekar has been appointed for Gurdaspur parliamentary constituency, Bare Ganesh Sudhakar for Amritsar, Anurag Tripathi for Khadoor Sahib, Madhav Deshmukh for Jalandhar (SC), and Pawan Kumar Khetan for Hoshiarpur, Punjab Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sibin C said. Similarly, Shilpi Sinha has been appointed for Anandpur Sahib, Pankaj Kumar and Chetan D Kalamkar for Ludhiana, and Akhilesh Kumar Yadava and Nandini R Nair for Bathinda constituency, he said. Additionally, Anand Kumar has been designated for Fatehgarh Sahib, Manish Kumar for Faridkot, Nagendra Yadav for Ferozepur, Amit Sanjay Gaurav for Sangrur, and Meetu Agarwal for Patiala as expenditure observers. Polling for 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab will take place on June 1, the Punjab chief electoral officer said.

devdiscourse 2 May 2024 4:07 pm

SAD to contest Gurdaspur LS seat on party symbol for first time since 1996

After splitting from BJP, the Akali Dal is gearing up to contest the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat independently, marking a departure from their usual alliance strategy since 1996. This move sets the stage for a showdown with their former ally, who has often relied on star power to secure victories in the region. Previously, the Shiromani Akali Dal had partnered with the Bharatiya Janata Party, with the BJP traditionally contesting from Amritsar, Gurdaspur, and Hoshiarpur as part of the seat-sharing agreement for Punjab's 13 Lok Sabha constituencies.

The Economic Times 28 Apr 2024 11:13 am

Congress' Bajwa censures AAP for fielding 'outsiders' as candidates in Punjab for Lok Sabha elections

Congress' Bajwa censures AAP for fielding 'outsiders' as candidates in Punjab for Lok Sabha elections Congress leader Partap Singh Bajwa on Saturday took a swipe at AAP in Punjab for fielding three ''borrowed'' leaders in the Lok Sabha elections. The leader of opposition in the Punjab Assembly also slammed AAP for its ''failure'' to field a woman candidate. Bajwa alleged in a statement, ''It is as absurd as it sounds that AAP has been in active politics for the past more than 10 years. However, it could not develop its party cadre at the ground level. The sole reason why AAP could not develop the base is that the people of Punjab still do not trust the party.'' The Congress leader said AAP has fielded three ''borrowed'' candidates -- former Congress leaders Raj Kumar Chabbewal from Hoshiarpur and Gurpreet Singh GP from Fatehgarh Sahib, and Pawan Kumar Tinu, who was earlier with the Shiromani Akali Dal, from Jalandhar. Bajwa also pointed to AAP fielding ministers and MLAs on other seats. It is highly unfortunate for AAP as it did not give representation to women in the Lok Sabha elections, he said. ''The party that often talks about women empowerment and equality could not even find a single woman candidate. Earlier, the party did not give representation to women in the Rajya Sabha,'' Bajwa added. ''If we look a decade back at the Lok Sabha elections of 2014, AAP lost most of its candidates, leaders and even MPs. Leaders like Harinder Singh Khalsa, Sucha Singh Chhotepur, Harvinder Singh Phoolka, Dharamvira Gandhi, Baldeep Singh, and many others have snapped their ties with AAP,'' he said. Polling for Punjab's 13 Lok Sabha seats will be held on June 1.

devdiscourse 27 Apr 2024 10:00 pm

AAP's Chabbewal hopes Mann government's performance will pave path to victory in Hoshiarpur

AAP's Chabbewal hopes Mann government's performance will pave path to victory in Hoshiarpur The AAP's Raj Kumar Chabbewal is banking on the Bhagwant Mann government's schemes, especially providing free electricity and setting up aam aadmi clinics, to win the Hoshiarpur Lok Sabha seat. A radiologist by profession, the former two-time MLA is contesting the parliamentary polls on an AAP ticket from Hoshiarpur, currently represented by the BJP's Som Parkash. Chabbewal last month quit the Congress and joined AAP. The 54-year-old also resigned as MLA from the Chabbewal constituency in Hoshiarpur district. He was the deputy leader of opposition in the Punjab Assembly when he quit. Chabbewal first became an MLA from the Chabbewal assembly segment in 2017 and retained the seat in the 2022 polls. He had unsuccessfully contested the Lok Sabha elections from Hoshiarpur in 2019, losing to Parkash by a margin of more than 48,000 votes. ''People are quite happy about the work done by the AAP government in the past two years. With zero electricity bills (300 units of free electricity per month in the domestic category), people are getting relief of Rs 4,000 to 5,000 per month,'' he told PTI. People's financial burden has also been lowered following the opening of aam aadmi clinics, where they get free treatment and medicines, he said. The state government has also shut several toll plazas, bringing relief to commuters, the AAP leader added. Many steps have been taken to generate employment and around 43,000 government jobs provided in the past two years. The state government is also focusing on the education sector, he claimed. Speaking on the farming community, Chabbewal said farmers are getting adequate water for irrigation. Joining AAP in the presence of Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, Chabbewal had said that he was impressed with the state government's ''pro-people'' policies, especially for the poor and the weaker sections. ''I am taking the work done by the Mann government to the people and seeking their votes,'' he told PTI. Asked about the rival political parties in Hoshiarpur, Chabbewal said he doesn't see any competition. The people of Punjab are ''upset'' with the BJP, he said, referring to the ongoing farmers' agitation, and accused the Centre of not agreeing to their demand of a legal guarantee on minimum support price for all crops. The farmers were not allowed to head towards Delhi in support of their demands, Chabbewal said. He also alleged there is ''indiscipline and factionalism'' in the Congress' Punjab unit and claimed ''infighting'' has ''demoralised'' party workers. The Shiromani Akali Dal, on the other hand, is facing a fight for ''survival'', Chabbewal claimed. The AAP candidate also shared his roadmap for Hoshiarpur. Chabbewal said he will prioritise setting up a government hospital and medical college. A satellite centre of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research will also be brought to Hoshiarpur. The AAP candidate said he will make efforts to bring a rail coach factory to the constituency to boost employment and also work to upgrade the Panjab University's regional campus. He stressed on the need for a rail link between Tanda and Hoshiarpur and four-laning of the roads between Hoshiarpur and Garhshankar, and Garhshankar and Dasuya to boost economic activity. He also intends to boost tourism in Hoshiarpur, a sub-mountainous area. Chabbewal is contesting from Hoshiarpur against the BJP's Anita Som Parkash, the wife of incumbent MP Parkash, and the Congress' Yamini Gomar. The Shiromani Akali Dal has fielded former minister Sohan Singh Thandal. Polling for Punjab's 13 Lok Sabha seats will be held on June 1.

devdiscourse 27 Apr 2024 4:25 pm

BSP announces candidates for Fatehgarh Sahib, Bathinda Lok Sabha seats in Punjab

Hoshiarpur, Apr 25: The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Thursday announced two more candidates for Punjab for the Lok Sabha polls. The party fielded Kulwant Singh Mehto from Fatehgarh Sahib and Lakhveer Singh Nika from Bathinda. Punjab BSP chief Jasvir Singh Garhi said Nika, who is the party's district head from Bathinda, will contest from [] The post BSP announces candidates for Fatehgarh Sahib, Bathinda Lok Sabha seats in Punjab appeared first on Northlines .

The Northlines 25 Apr 2024 6:35 pm

Star | Song - Jimikky's Ghazal (Lyrical)

Watch the song 'Jimikky's Ghazal' from Tamil movie 'Star' starring Kavin. 'Jimikky's Ghazal' is sung by Neha Girish and music of the song is given by Yuvan Shankar Raja. Lyrics of 'Star' song 'Jimikky's Ghazal' are written by Ra. Niranjan Bharathi and Hafeez Hoshiarpuri. To know more about 'Jimikky's Ghazal' song from Kavin starrer 'Star' watch the video.

The Times of India 25 Apr 2024 4:26 pm

3 turncoats, an outsider battle it out at NRI heartland of Jalandhar

CHANDIGARH: Former Punjab Congress chief Mohinder Singh Kaypee on Monday ditched the party and entered the Lok Sabha fray from Jalandhar on SAD ticket, taking the number of turncoats in the NRI heartland to three. BJP nominee Sushil Kumar Rinku (former AAP leader) and AAPs Pawan Kumar Tinu (ex-SAD leader) are the two other defectors. In addition to them, in the fray is an outsider - Congress candidate (former CM Charanjit Singh Channi who earlier contested from Chamkaur Sahib Assembly constituency and shifted to Jalandhar Lok Sabha seat. Kaypee, a devout follower of the Radha Soami Dera at Beas, had recently met SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal. He had gone to Delhi a few days back to meet the Congress leadership staking claim on the party ticket from Hoshiarpur, where he had contested in 2014 but was defeated by BJPs Vijay Sampla. In 2022, he was an aspirant from the Adampur Assembly seat but had lost the claim at the last moment to Sukhwinder Kotli, who emerged victorious. Kaypee happens to be a relative of Charanjit Singh Channi (whose nephew is wedded to Kaypees daughter). Kaypee is the son of former minister Darshan Singh Kaypee who was killed by terrorists. Former chief parliamentary secretary and two-time MLA Pawan Kumar Tinu of Shiromani Akali Dal had recently joined AAP and was given the ticket by the ruling party. He was elected MLA from the Adampur in Jalandhar district in 2012 and 2017. During Jalandhar Lok Sabha bypolls last year AAP inducted Sushil Rinku from Congress and made him the party candidate and he won and became MP from Jalandhar. On March 14, AAP had named Rinku as its candidate from Jalandhar. However, Rinku quit the party on March 27 and joined the BJP which has also fielded him from the same constituency. Meanwhile, the Congress gave the Jalandhar Lok Sabha ticket to former chief ministerChanni, who lost both the Chamkaur Sahib and Bhadaur assembly seats he contested in the 2022 polls as Chamkaur was his traditional seat. Hailing from the Scheduled Castes community Channi went on to become Punjab CM in 2021 after the Congress replaced him with Amarinder Singh. He represented the Chamkaur Sahib Assembly constituency in 2007, 2012 and 2017.

The New Indian Express 23 Apr 2024 8:09 am

SAD announces candidates for five seats in Punjab, one in Chandigarh

CHANDIGARH: The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) announced the names of candidates for five more Lok Sabha constituencies in Punjab and one in Chandigarh on Monday. It's now official that President Sukhbir Singh Badal 's wife, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, the sitting MP from Bathinda, will be the party's candidate from the same constituency for the fourth consecutive time. With the new announcements, SAD has declared candidates for 12 constituencies in Punjab. Sukhbir mentioned that the announcement of the Khadoor Sahib candidate will be made soon. BJP, SAD rule out re-alliance for 2024 Lok Sabhapolls During Badal's visit to Jalandhar to induct former Congress MP Mohinder Singh Kaypee into the party on Monday, he announced that his wife Harsimrat Kaur Badal's candidacy from Bathinda. Nardev Singh Bobby Mann has been given the ticket from Ferozepur, represented by Sukhbir, as the President has declared that he won't contest the Lok Sabha elections this time. Other candidates announced include Ranjit Singh Dhillon for Ludhiana parliamentary constituency, former cabinet minister Sohan Singh Thandal for Hoshiarpur, Mohinder Singh Kaypee for Jalandhar Lok Sabha constituency, and Hardeep Singh Saini, former deputy mayor of Chandigarh, for Chandigarh.

The New Indian Express 22 Apr 2024 8:29 pm

Punjab BJP chief Jakhar reaches out to Sampla who is apparently upset over denial of party ticket

Punjab BJP chief Jakhar reaches out to Sampla who is apparently upset over denial of party ticket Punjab BJP chief Sunil Jakhar on Saturday reached out to party leader Vijay Sampla, who is apparently upset after he was denied the party ticket from the Hoshiarpur (reserve) Lok Sabha constituency. Jakhar along with party leaders Harjit Singh Grewal and Vineet Joshi met Sampla at his residence in Hoshiarpur. Sampla, the former Union minister, was apparently expecting the party ticket from Hoshiarpur but the BJP fielded Anita Som Parkash, the wife of sitting MP and Union Minister Som Parkash, from the constituency. After meeting him, Jakhar said though Sampla wanted the party ticket, he kept aside his ''emotions'' while considering the party's discipline. Jakhar said he also listened to Sampla's supporters. ''Today, the issue is of the ideology and making Narendra Modi the prime minister for the third time,'' Jakhar, however, added. He further said it is the responsibility of the party to clear whatever ''doubts'' Sampla has, adding that he came here with the concurrence of the party high command. Another party leader Harjit Grewal said Sampla is a prominent Dalit leader. To a question whether Sampla was being ignored, Grewal said he was not ignored and the party will give him some responsibility. Asked whether Sampla will support the party candidate in the elections, Grewal said he will work for 'lotus' - the party's election symbol. After Sampla was denied the ticket, he had removed 'Modi Ka Parivaar' tagline from his social media profile. ''Ek raasta band hota hai to bhagwan aur kai raaste khol deta hai. Mere liye bhi bhagwan ne koi raasta zaroor nirdharit kiya hoga. (If one path closes, God opens many paths. God must have decided a path for me too),'' he had posted on X. Sampla, a Dalit leader, successfully contested from the Hoshiarpur seat in 2014. He had also been the minister of state for social justice and empowerment. In 2019, the BJP had fielded Som Parkash from the seat. Sampla headed the National Commission for Scheduled Castes from 2021 to 2023. Polling for the 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab will take place on June 1.

devdiscourse 20 Apr 2024 8:29 pm

BJP relying on 'divisive' tactics to seek votes, alleges Punjab CM Mann

BJP relying on 'divisive' tactics to seek votes, alleges Punjab CM Mann Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Saturday slammed the BJP government at the Centre, accusing it of relying on ''divisive tactics'' to seek votes and neglecting its duty of serving the people. At a public rally to canvass for AAP's Hoshiarpur Lok Sabha seat candidate Raj Kumar Chabbewal, the chief minister said despite being in power at the Centre for the past 10 years, the BJP was seeking votes based on religion and caste as they could not give an account of the work done. The BJP has ''failed'' to deliver meaningful progress and development for the nation. Rather than addressing the pressing needs of the populace, the BJP has resorted to exploiting religious and caste identities to garner electoral support, Mann alleged. This strategy is detrimental to the social fabric as it was exacerbating divisions and hindering genuine progress, he said. Mann accused the BJP dispensation of cronyism, claiming that it has sold off valuable government institutions to its ''favoured associates'', enriching a select few at the expense of public interest. This is a ''betrayal of the trust'' placed on elected representatives, he said. Accusing the Central government of ignoring Punjab's interests, Mann said the Union government withheld Rs 5,500 crore of the rural development fund. The Punjab chief minister claimed that he was fighting alone to secure these funds for the state's development. He asserted that his government's industry-friendly policies have attracted around Rs 70,000 crore in investments from industrialists. This would boost the state's economy and provide jobs to the unemployed youths, the Punjab chief minister said. Referring to the arrest of his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal in a money laundering case linked to the liquor policy scam case, Mann said the BJP can imprison the AAP supremo, but cannot suppress his ideas.

devdiscourse 20 Apr 2024 7:54 pm

Days after Vijay Sampla removes Modi Ka Parivaar tagline from his social media profile, Punjab BJP chief Sunil Jakhar meets him

Chandigarh, Apr 20: Punjab BJP chief Sunil Jakhar on Saturday reached out to party leader Vijay Sampla, who is apparently upset after he was denied the party ticket from the Hoshiarpur (reserve) Lok Sabha constituency. Jakhar along with party leaders Harjit Singh Grewal and Vineet Joshi met Sampla at his residence in Hoshiarpur. Sampla, the [] The post Days after Vijay Sampla removes Modi Ka Parivaar tagline from his social media profile, Punjab BJP chief Sunil Jakhar meets him appeared first on Northlines .

The Northlines 20 Apr 2024 5:40 pm

Vijay Sampla to hold meeting with BJP workers in Hoshiarpur; says no plan to join SAD as of today

New Delhi, Apr 19: Former BJP state president and ex-Union MoS Vijay Sampla has invited party workers in Hoshiarpur at 4 pm today. He said, There is no plan to join Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) as of today, adding that the future course of action depends on the response from workers at the meeting. Miffed [] The post Vijay Sampla to hold meeting with BJP workers in Hoshiarpur; says no plan to join SAD as of today appeared first on Northlines .

The Northlines 19 Apr 2024 1:10 pm

Punjab: Two pages of Guru Granth Sahib found cut by sharp object in Hoshiarpur gurudwara

A case of alleged sacrilege involving the Sikh religious scripture Guru Granth Sahib has come to light during the Hukamnama at Gurdwara Shri Guru Ravidass in Pota village of Hoshiarpur district

Web Dunia 19 Apr 2024 12:32 pm

Minister dropped but wife named in Punjab, Shivaji descendant in Maharashtra

NEW DELHI : The BJP dropped yet another Union minister from its 12th list of candidates for seven Lok Sabha seats, and instead fielded his wife from the Hoshiarpur constituency in Punjab. The party has also fielded a descendant of an erstwhile royal Maratha family of Chhatrapati Shivaji, who is currently a Rajya Sabha member, from the high-profile Satara seat. Chhatrapati Udayanraje Bhosale received BJPs recognition on a seat from where Praful Patel of Ajit Pawar-led NCP, now a BJP ally in the ruling Maharashtra coalition government, was eager to contest. Bhosale won the Satara seat in 2019 as a candidate of the then-undivided NCP. A few months later, he resigned and joined the BJP. But in the bypolls that followed, Bhosale lost as a BJP candidate against NCPs Shrinivas Patil. Later, the BJP nominated him to the Rajya Sabha in April 2020. His term is due to end in 2026. The third notable BJP candidate on the list is Abhijit Das, who will lock horns with West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjees nephew Abhishek Banerjee, from Diamond Harbour that votes on June 1 in the final phase of the elections. Das is the former president of the partys South 24 Parganas district unit and is said to be very articulate. Das belongs to RSS and had unsuccessfully contested Lok Sabha elections in 2014. With his candidature, the party has announced all 42 candidates from West Bengal. In Punjab, the BJP dropped Union minister Som Parkash from Hoshiarpur, but fielded his wife Anita Som Parkash from the seat. The party believes Som Parkash holds subtantial influence in the constituency. The BJP had won the Hoshiarpur seat in 2014. In 2019, Som Parkash won the seat defeating Congress Raj Kumar Chabbewal. In the previous polls, the party was at loggerheads with its erstwhile ally SAD over the Hoshiarpur seat. The BJP has now fielded former IAS officer Parampal Kaur Sidhu from Bathinda that is currently represented by SADs Harsimrat Kaur Badal. Sidhu is the daughter-in-law of senior Akali leader Sikander Singh Maluka and joined the BJP recently with her husband Gurpreet Singh Maluka. A 2011-batch IAS officer, she would be pitted against Congress Jeet Mohinder Sidhu and AAPs Gurmeet Singh Khudian. Interestingly, SAD has not yet announced its candidate from Bathinda. The BJPs latest list came only three days ahead of the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections. The partys Central Election Committee also announced candidates in Uttar Pradesh. The party has so far fielded candidates for 430 seats out of the total 543 LS seats. In Uttar Pradesh, the party has fielded Vishwadeep Singh from Firozabad and Shashank Mani Tripathi from Deoria, dropping MPs from these seats. A party source said the anti-incumbency on these two seats was the prime factor behind dropping the MPs. Former IAS officer to fight from Bathinda The BJP has fielded former IAS officer Parampal Kaur Sidhu from Bathinda, currently represented by SADs Harsimrat Kaur Badal.Sidhu is the daughter-in-law of Akali leader Sikander Singh Maluka. She is pitted against Congress Jeet Mohinder Sidhu and AAPs Gurmeet Singh Khudian.

The New Indian Express 17 Apr 2024 8:50 am