The opposition BJP in Himachal Pradesh is struggling to regain the ground lost in the 2012 assembly election, while the Congress is banking on the history of the electorate giving an edge to the party in every poll.
The elderly man sitting in the shade outside the front entrance of a house is engrossed in some deep thought and does not respond to the ‘Sat Shri Akal’ of a youth passing-by. It is only when someone goes and stands before him that he puts his one hand to a walking stick lying close-by and then looks in the direction of the visitor.
Punjab Pardesh Congress spokesperson Sukhpal Singh Khaira on Monday alleged that it was sheer money power of the Janata Land Promoters Limited (JLPL) that got Kulwant Singh SAD ticket from the Fatehgarh Sahib constituency. He said in 2006, Parkash Singh Badal had demanded a CBI probe against Kulwant Singh.
Though deputy chief minister and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal welcomed Joginder Kaur, 75, daughter of former President of India Giani Zail Singh into the party fold amid much fanfare, yet the latter downplayed the development saying she was here to bless Sukhbir Singh Badal and former district Congress president Anil Bhola and others, who joined the SAD on Monday.
Amarinder Singh on Monday served legal notice on BJP leader Subramanian Swamy for his "malicious statements" alleging that he had committed "perjury" by not disclosing the foreign bank accounts of his wife and son in his nominations papers.
Ambika Soni, Congress candidate for the Anandpur Sahib Lok Sabha seat, on Monday asked the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) government in Punjab to curb both illegal mining and extortion related to the business.
Curfew clamped in state's Punhana town to curb any flare-up between two communities following the killing of a youth continued for the third day Monday, police said.