Manish Tewari's induction in union cabinet triggers celebrations
Congress leader Manish Tewari became the first member of Parliament from Ludhiana to be inducted into the union cabinet on Sunday with independent charge as minister of state for information and broadcasting, triggering off celebrations among his supporters in the city.punjab Updated: Oct 29, 2012 00:16 IST
Congress leader Manish Tewari became the first member of Parliament from Ludhiana to be inducted into the union cabinet on Sunday with independent charge as minister of state for information and broadcasting, triggering off celebrations among his supporters in the city.
Anticipating his inclusion in the UPA government, his local supporters had gathered outside his house in the city since morning. As soon as the news of his induction in the cabinet poured in, celebrations kicked off among the city residents and supporters alike.
The visibly delighted supporters distributed sweets amid beating of drums and burst crackers to showcase their happiness.
Vikramjit Singh Chaudhary, president of Punjab Youth Congress, termed Tewari's elevation "well deserved". "His political journey from the NSUI to Youth Congress to member of Parliament is remarkable. Known for his rhetoric, he has rendered wonderful service as spokesperson of the Congress," Chaudhary said.
An excited district Congress president Pawan Dewan said the induction of Tewari into the cabinet was a "giant leap for the party at large in Punjab", adding, "This is a matter of pride for every Ludhianavi since for the first time since Independence, an MP from this constituency has succeeded in getting independent charge of a union ministry."
Congress leader Amarjit Singh Tikka referred to the development as "significant" for the party in Ludhiana.
Taking pride in Tewari's elevation, a septuagenarian Tejpal Singh said that he was the first parliamentarian to help Ludhiana get recognition at the national level.
Interestingly, some senior Congress leaders opposed to Tewari ever since the Punjab Vidhan Sabha election also congratulated him for becoming a union minister.
Residents list demands
Poor air connectivity from Ludhiana is a major problem that the city residents want respite from. Now that the Ludhiana MP has been inducted into the newly expanded union cabinet, he should get things moving in the positive direction. Manish Tewari should help Ludhiana residents by expediting project from the Centre. Anjali Avasthi, director, Sportking Institute of Fashion Technology
Ludhiana has a large number of music lovers who are waiting to get their own FM radio. Now that Manish Tewari has been given the ministry of information and broadcasting, he should take the initiative to bring FM radio to Ludhiana. Dr Vivek Saggar, dental surgeon
Ludhiana is the industrial hub of Punjab; thus an airport is must for the city. Despite repeated attempts of city residents, a proper functional airport remains an unfulfilled dream. But now, every resident is looking towards Manish Tewari in the hope that he will seriously take up the issue of air connectivity of Ludhiana with the rest of India. Dr KNS Kang, educationist and member of Ludhiana Management Association
Manish Tewari should bring a good project for Ludhiana and Punjab which can generate mass employment. Since Punjab's is an agrarian economy, a project with industrialisation of agriculture would be the right choice. Ranjodh Singh, managing director, GS Auto
Profile of Manish Tewari
Born on December 8, 1965, Manish Tewari has a degree in law and commenced legal practice in 1992. Son of late Dr VN Tewari, a professor at Panjab University (PU), a nominated member of Rajya Sabha, and Amrit Tewari, a former dean of Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Tewari remained national president of National Students Union of India (NSUI) from 1988-92. Thereafter, he was national president of International Union of Students from 1992-93. Manish Tewari has been the secretary of All India Congress Committee (AICC) since 2004. Presently, he is the national spokesperson of Indian National Congress (INC).