HindustanTimes Fri,04 Sep 2015

Interactive campaigns boost polling in Doaba

The Dalit-dominated Doaba region recorded a high polling percentage of 77%, thanks to enthusiasm among young voters and increased visibility of candidates during campaigning.

My wife doesn’t need electoral lessons: Bajwa

Gurdaspur MP Partap Singh Bajwa believes he does not need to “teach” his wife Charanjeet Kaur — the Congress candidate from the Qadian assembly constituency — anything about campaigning.

.32-bore revolver on top among arms deposited by candidates

The .32-bore revolver seems to be the favourite of several candidates in Jalandhar district. The good news is that these licensed weapons have been deposited at various police stations as per the Election Commission’s directions in view of the January 30 Punjab polls.

SAD releases manifesto, promises free laptops, 10 lakh jobs

The Shiromani Akali Dal on Sunday released its election manifesto promising free laptops with data cards for class 12 students in govenment schools and 10 lakh jobs for youths while demanding more financial powers for the state from the Centre.

Even the CM’s village has its have-nots

Old-age home inmates live in idyllic surroundings at Badal village, while poverty-stricken elders await pension as well as ration. Prabhjit Singh reports.

Centenarian marathoner seeks votes for Sanjha Morcha

Centenarian marathoner Fauja Singh has appealed to the people of Punjab that it was the right moment to bring about a change in Punjab by throwing out the Congress and SAD-BJP alliance and giving the reins of power to Manpreet Singh Badal and his Sanjha Morcha.

A peg of sporting spirit in Punjab's political party

If sport is cheese, politics is usually chalk, and rarely do the twain mix. But in this year's Punjab election, a large number of people from the sporting fraternity will be seen playing the political ballgame.

Polling booth No.106: Where the feuding Badals converge

Located in a government school in Badal village of Lambi assembly seat in Punjab, polling booth No.106 may be a nondescript place but it turned out to be the battleground for the politically feuding first family of Punjab politics -- the Badals.

Punjab village ends up voting for wrong constituency

Electors in a village in Punjab's Hoshiarpur district have ended up casting their votes for the wrong constituency and its candidates in the Jan 30 assembly polls.

Poor showing, but she still runs the show

Rajinder Kaur Bhattal’s stature doesn’t reflect in her constituency, which is one of the most backward in Punjab. Though she does not have much to write home about, the lack of development has not interfered with her poll prospects. Ravinder Vasudeva reports.

Earlier drives got a lukewarm response

The upcoming Punjab assembly elections are not likely to see a large number of first-time voters, going by the lukewarm response to the new voter registration campaign. Ravinder Vasudeva reports.

Kolaveri Di, People's Party style

Kolaveri Di is making its presence felt in an unlikely arena — the Punjab poll battlefield. Archna Matharu reports.

Malwinder gets going in Samana

A day after parting ways with the Congress and joining the SAD, Raja Malwinder Singh, brother of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Capt Amarinder Singh, campaigned in the Samana assembly segment against his nephew and Congress candidate Raninder Singh on Sunday.

Cyber war rages among political parties, adds colour to campaign

Ki hoya je patjhar aaee, Agli rut wich yakin rakhi,” PPP president Manpreet Singh Badal is heard reciting in his typical poetic style, followed by a four-minute grooving promotional video of the party, its own version of Kolaveri Di propagating the PPP’s ideology and tossing up political opponents. Vivek Gupta reports.

Crowd-pullers out to shed ‘pushover’ tag

Mesmerising the audience is child’s play for them. Now, these popular performers face the challenge of wooing voters. And history is not on their side. Ravinder Vasudeva reports.
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