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HindustanTimes Fri,19 Sep 2014

‘Vote for an MLA, get an MP free’

If Sidhu is here, ‘Sidhuisms’ can’t be far behind. Appealing to residents of the Amritsar (East) constituency to vote for his wife in the January 30 assembly polls, BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu puts it like only he can: “Is nu jita deyo, te vekho pher MLA de naal MP free (Make her win and you will get an MP free with an MLA).” Aseem Bassi reports.

Navjot Sidhu rides a cycle to file nomination

A Land Cruiser, two BMW's, a Toyota Fortuner, a Toyota Corolla and an Ambassador -- the list of cars that BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu owns. But, he preferred to ride a cycle to file his nomination papers .

It’s outsider vs outsider in Dhuri

The state’s main political players have reposed faith in ‘outsiders’ in this assembly constituency of Sangrur district dominated by semi-urban voters. Ravinder Vasudeva reports.

Brother vs brother, with a royal twist

In the past week, the biggest 'coup' was that of Malwinder Singh, the younger brother of Punjab Cong chief and former chief minister Amarinder Singh, quitting the Cong in disgust after being denied the party ticket for the assembly polls.

‘Work counts, not royalty’

Captain’s daughter and poll manager has her hands full. Meet Jaiinder Kaur in conversation with Ravinder Vasudeva.

For every hiccup, there's a desi solution

Desi daaru (country liquor), the election flavour in many villages, reeks of rule violation. Bharat Khanna reports.

I rate Badal as a wicked politician

Having served as governor of 3 states, former CM Surjit Singh Barnala is back in Punjab after 21 years. Due to his failing health, he has decided not to contest the polls and opted to mentor Sanjha Morcha, but he may still campaign. In an interview to Gurpreet Singh Nibber, he says his perception of Congress has changed for the better, but SAD ceases to be the party it was since the Badals reduced it to a family fiefdom.

Need greater say

Not happy with the poor representation of youth in political parties, youngsters in Patiala district are feeling marginalised. The winds of change, they feel, will blow only if they have a greater say in the political system. To begin with, they want the ban on student elections in universities and colleges of Punjab to be lifted and the practice of promoting kith and kin of political heavyweights to be discontinued.

Out of favour, family stares at oblivion

Ask them to list the development projects initiated by Surjit Singh Barnala in his home constituency as chief minister, and most Barnala residents draw a blank.

Candidates have to account for every samosa, cup of tea

With the Election Commission (EC) keeping tabs on poll expenditure, candidates will have to keep a count of teacups and samosas served to their supporters, the number of chairs and banners at rallies and publicity vehicles deployed for campaigning during the assembly elections in Punjab. Balwinder Kumar reports.

Mayawati to campaign in Punjab on Jan 21-22

BSP Supremo Mayawati will address four rallies in Punjab on January 21 and 22 to woo voters, even as the party hopes to fare better in the state assembly elections on January 30.

Pargat gives in, finally

Sports department director Olympian Pargat Singh (46) will tender his resignation from the post on Monday to contest the assembly election as an SAD candidate from Jalandhar Cantonment.

Congress expels 12 rebels in Punjab

Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Capt Amarinder Singh on Saturday formally announced the expulsion of 12 rebels from the party after they refused to withdraw their candidatures. HT reports.

Punjab's jagged education graph

From a British-educated lawyer and candidates with multiple degrees to those who haven't passed Class 12 and others who are plain illiterate, the nominees of leading political parties mirror the jagged education graph of people in Punjab. Learning curve

Working hard to find feet on new turf

Ever since Dakha was de-reserved during delimitation, the major political parties in the state have been grappling to field winnable candidates from this constituency. Manpreet Randhawa reports.
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