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HindustanTimes Sat,19 Apr 2014

Badal's swearing-in: Amarinder figures in invitees' list

Notwithstanding the bitter political wrangling between them during the high-octane poll process in Punjab, SAD patron Parkash Singh Badal has decided to invite his political rival Congress' Amarinder Singh for his swearing-in as chief minister for the fifth term.

Cong open to work with SP, BSP if UP produces hung House

Congress is open to do business with either Samajwadi Party or BSP in Uttar Pradesh if the Assembly polls throw up a hung House.

Maya magic may work in Punjab: Karimpuri

Punjab BSP unit chief and Rajya Sabha member from Uttar Pardesh Avtar Singh Karimpuri today claimed that the magic of BSP supremo Mayawati would work in Punjab after her four rallies which concluded in the state.

Rickshaw puller from Amritsar jumps into poll fray

Living in penury and hardly being able to make two ends meet has not prevented a 60 year-old rickshaw puller from jumping into the poll fray.

Debutant faces two ex-MLAs

Nestled in the Himachal foothills, Pathankot witnessed rare snowfall recently, leaving people guessing about the hows and whys.

Putting his campaign on a ‘fast’ track

Wives observe fast for the longevity of their husbands but this dedicated member of Parliament (MP) has shunned food — she is surviving on a diet of milk and dry fruits — for her life partner’s success in the January 30 assembly elections.

Husband turns key poll manager

Jalandhar MP Mohin-der Singh Kaypee has emerged as a key strategist for his wife Suman Kaypee, the Congress candidate from Jalandhar (West) assembly segment. Rajeev Bhaskar reports.

SAD warhorse faces ex-Akalis

Shiromani Akali Dal stalwart and ex-minister Tota Singh is pitted against former Akali colleagues Sukhjit Singh Kaka Lohgarh and Kuldeep Dhos, who are contesting for the Congress and People’s Party of Punjab, respectively.

EC suspends govt officials to ensure free, fair polls

Taking a stringent step to ensure free and fair Punjab Assembly elections, the state Chief Electoral Officer Kusumjit Sidhu has ordered immediate suspensions and transfers of a number of officers.

SAD complains before CEC; accuses CEO of "soft peddling"

Shiromani Akali Dal has lodged a complained before chief election commissioner SY Quraishi against chief electoral officer, Punjab Kusumjit Kaur Sidhu for "soft peddling" of the complaints filed by SAD against Congress party and showing "promptitude and inventiveness" on the complaints filed by the Congress.

Punjab gets Dhindsa as FM, Anil Joshi gets Industries

The Akali-BJP government has found the hope in Parminder Singh Dhindsa as the Punjab finance minister to take the state out of the severe financial crisis.

Model code to check misuse of SP flag by party workers

Faced with allegations of indiscipline among Samajwadi Party workers, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has decided to check misuse of the party flag by chalking out a model code for the party.

Sonia rallies bring cheer back, dispel health worry

Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s first political rally in 2012 Assembly elections here on Thursday exhibited her ‘aggressive” posture towards taking on rivals with full might. Jasdeep Singh Malhotra reports.

Field wide open as hockey legend takes on party hopper

The Jalandhar Cantonment assembly segment, once represented by former chief minister Beant Singh, was earlier a Congress stronghold. Rajeev Bhaskar reports.

Jokes apart, Mann means business

He is a veteran stand-up comedian but a rookie politician. Nevertheless, his expertise in captivating the audience is holding him in good stead during campaigning.
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