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HindustanTimes Mon,21 Apr 2014

Bathinda

AAP leaves Jasraj Jassi to fend for himself

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate from here singer-actor Jasraj Singh Jassi seems to be ploughing a lonely furrow as no important party leader has so far come to campaign for him.

Congress to pay for Manpreet, Modi to rally for Harsimrat

The Congress will assist party candidate Manpreet Singh Badal by funding his poll campaign in cash, while the BJP is out to help SAD candidate Harsimrat Kaur Badal in kind by arranging a rally in her favour to be addressed by the party’s star campaigner prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in the city likely on April 24. The SAD will bear the entire cost of the BJP rally.

Harsimrat terms allegations baseless

Reacting to the allegations levelled by spokesperson of PPCC Sukhpal Singh Khaira, Bathinda MP and SAD candidate Harsimrat Kaur Badal has asked him to take over the Rs. 10,000 crore property he has alleged she owned and spend half of that property on charitable works on her behalf.

Cong to pay for Manpreet; Modi to rally for Harsimrat

The Congress will assist party candidate Manpreet Singh Badal by funding his poll campaign in cash, while the BJP is out to help SAD candidate Harsimrat Kaur Badal in kind by arranging a rally in her favour to be addressed by the party’s star campaigner prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in the city likely on April 24. The SAD will bear the entire cost of the BJP rally.

Sukhbir hits back at Rahul for 'toffee model' remark

Reacting to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's remarks describing Gujarat model as a toffee model, Punjab deputy chief minister and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal, on Tuesday, said that Rahul Gandhi was a 'candy kid', who saw toffees, candies and chocolates in everything.

Development works in Kotkapura stalled as govt fails to release required Rs. 3.4 crore

The Rs. 3.40-crore project covering various development works in Kotkapura allegedly failed to take off even after the tendering process of some of them was completed in February because the state government allegedly failed to release any funds for these works before the model code of conduct came into force.

Zail Singh’s daughter downplays her joining SAD

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.

Come polls, even the penniless need security

Until a week ago, Sushil Kumar Jindal and Geeta Rani were lowly, penniless voters. Now, they are head turners, courtesy a wily move of jumping into the fray as Independents. Coming from a new crop of self-styled social-worker-sturned-politicians growing in Bathinda during the Lok Sabha elections, from being nobody, they have moved to being somebody, albeit temporarily.

Candidates told to include paid-news in poll expenses

Tightening the noose around candidates over poll expenses, the Election Commission has directed them to maintain an expenditure register on a regular basis.

Development works in Kotkapura stalled as govt fails to release required Rs. 3.4 crore

The Rs. 3.40-crore project covering various development works in Kotkapura allegedly failed to take off even after the tendering process of some of them was completed in February because the state government allegedly failed to release any funds for these works before the model code of conduct came into force.

Sarpanch cries foul over withholding of project fund cheques

The Akali sarpanch of the Dhulkot village Surjit Singh has lodged a complaint with the deputy commissioner alleging that the cheques worth Rs. 12 lakh, granted by Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal during his Sangat Darshan programme during January, have been in the possession of SAD halqa in-charge, Gidderbaha, Hardeep Singh Dimpy.

SAD relations with INLD older than NDA: Sukhbir

Amid the controversy over Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) chief Kuldeep Bishnoi demanding SAD's expulsion from the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) over its relations with Indian National Lok Dal (INDL) in Haryana, deputy chief minister and SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal termed the relations between the two parties older than the formation of NDA.

EC U-turn on removing hoardings on govt property

The Election Commission (EC) on Sunday, reversing its earlier order of removing all kinds of hoardings and banners put up on government properties and public places, surprisingly took a U-turn in the evening, and allowed Punjab’s local bodies to continue using their commercial sites for displaying advertisements, including political ones.

Khet Majdoor Union activists show black flags to SAD leaders

Activists of the Punjab Khet Majdoor Union ( PKMU) greeted the Akali leaders, including SAD candidate from here Paramjit Kaur Gulshan, with black flags in Nangal village on Saturday evening when they visited the village to seek votes.

People of Punjab have respect for the rebels: Manpreet Badal

Linked to the outcome of the electoral battle in this prestigious Lok Sabha constituency is the political future of Manpreet Singh Badal — the rebel from Punjab’s ruling Badal clan. Initially, the upcoming contest looked like a cakewalk for the Akali Dal here.
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