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HindustanTimes Fri,22 Aug 2014

Prakash Singh Badal faces toughest political test

All arrangements have been made for counting of votes Tuesday for 117 assembly seats in Punjab, Election Commission officials said Monday evening.

Politics thicker than blood

This is a high-profile triangular contest featuring blood relations. While Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and People's Party of Punjab nominee Gurdas Singh Badal are brothers, the Congress has fielded their cousin, Mahesh Inder Singh Badal.

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.

Sonia fails to keep date with Moga

All India Congress Committee (AICC) president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday failed to land at Moga to address a political rally in favour of the congress candidates contesting from the Malwa region hence leaving a large number of party supporters disappointed who came from far flung areas to have a glimpse of her and to listen  her speech.

Throw out opportunist govt in Punjab: Sonia

Lambasting the SAD-BJP government for pushing Punjab backward during its five years tenure, the Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday exhorted the people to oust ‘opportunist’ and ‘inefficient’ alliance from the power.

3 Bs locked in combat

The newly-carved SAS Nagar constituency is set to witness a high-profile contest involving SAD’s Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, former deputy speaker and PPP candidate Bir Devinder Singh and Congress MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu. Who will win is anybody’s guess.

Capt sets Saturday deadline for rebels

Withdraw from contest or face expulsion, warns Amarinder; Khanna rebel Bhalinder shown the door. Anshu Seth reports.

Vote for Congress, vote for development: PM

Accusing the SAD-BJP government in Punjab of misrule, corruption and financial irregularities, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday said on central funds running into hundreds of crores given to the state were not appropriately utilised.

Will Punjab buck the trend this time?

With the exit polls giving a slight edge to the Congress, will Punjab stick to the pattern since 1972 — of seeing the ruling party being told by voters to take a break?

Warhorse Badal, son Sukhbir beat incumbency 1st time in Punjab

Shiromani Akali Dal created history today to become the first party ever to retain power in Punjab bucking the anti-incumbency factor with Parkash Singh Badal, the grand old man of the state politics, and his son Sukhbir Singh leading the charge. From goals to polls, Pargat can’t stop scoring

SAD convenes meeting of newly-elected MLAs on Mar 8

With SAD-BJP alliance retaining power in Punjab, Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal has called a meeting of the party's newly-elected legislators on March 8.

Badal vows to carry forward development agenda

The ruling Shiromani Akali Dal, which in alliance with the BJP notched up a historic win in the Punjab assembly election, on Tuesday thanked the people for reimposing their faith in the combine.

73 candidates recontested, 42 make it to the House

As many as 73 candidates who recontested the Punjab Assembly election, 42 make it to the 14th Vidhan Sabha.

How Sukhbir Badal changed the Akali face

In 2009, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal decided to hold a party conclave at a five-star hotel in Shimla. He reportedly wanted all party MPs and MLAs to first enjoy the scenic beauty of the hill station before brainstorming on how to galvanise the party.

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