Fresh from its historic victory in the assembly elections in Punjab, the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal has called a meeting of its legislators in Chandigarh later on Thursday to elect the legislative party leader, who will be the next chief minister of the state.
Akali stalwart Parkash Singh Badal will be sworn in as Punjab chief minister on March 14 for a record fifth time with Shiromani Akali Dal(SAD) electing him as its Legislature party leader unanimously today, ending all speculation over the leadership issue.
The mud-slinging by warring factions in Punjab over the party’s stunning defeat in the assembly elections has reached the courts of Congress president Sonia Gandhi. Aurangzeb Naqshbandi reports.
Candidates contesting assembly polls have become richer in the last five years with their assets growing manifold. Leading the list of highest jump in assets (percentage-wise) among contestants is Congress candidate from Bholath constituency Sukhpal Singh Khaira.
By declaring Amarinder Singh as his party's CM candidate five days ahead of the Punjab polls on Wednesday, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi not only reversed party tradition, but also gave credence to the growing impression that he is the new power centre in the party. Pankaj Vohra
reports. Amarinder to be CM if Cong comes to power: Rahul
With the Punjab assembly election heading for a tight finish, top leaders of the ruling Akali-BJP combine and contender Congress are focusing on election management to cut down rebel activity, smaller parties and religious sects which may turn out to be spoilers. Shishir Gupta
In the native village of Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal, there is an old-age home run by the Badals under the Ch Devi Lal Trust. It paints a pretty picture; only it's not representative of the village itself. Prabhjit Singh
Rahul Gandhi's 'surprise' announcement about Captain Amarinder Singh as CM candidate is perhaps not much of a surprise after all. Aurangzeb Naqshbandi
Punjab deputy chief minister and Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal (49) is hoping for a smooth sailing in the assembly polls from the Jalalabad constituency. His rivals include Congress rookie Malkiat Singh Heera, two Congress rebels and a People’s Party of Punjab candidate.
Around 1.76 crore voters will seal the fate of 1,078 candidates, including the two chief ministerial aspirants Parkash Singh Badal of ruling SAD-BJP and Amarinder Singh of opposition Congress, in fray for 117 assembly seats in Punjab where polling will take place on Monday amidst tight security.
SAD-BJP, Congress hold rallies on chief minister Parkash Singh Badal’s home turf on last day of campaigning; alliance will win 120 seats out of 117, quips deputy CM Sukhbir; Amarinder gives clarion call to oust Badals, bring Congress back to power. Manpreet Randhawa
The politically influential Dera Sacha Sauda has hedged its bets on the Punjab assembly polls Monday, asking followers to collectively vote for candidates they deem "good and clean".