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Hillary Victor is a Special Correspondent at Chandigarh. He covers Chandigarh administration, municipal corporation and all political parties.

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Divided Congress can’t bring development to Chandigarh: Smriti Irani

Referring to a photo clicked during Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi’s visit to the city, Irani said that the Tewari and Bansal appeared to be having some kind of altercation

Union minister Smriti Irani with BJP pick Sanjay Tandon at a party event in Ram Darbar, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Updated on May 29, 2024 09:32 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Modi not coming to Chandigarh, Kejriwal to campaign for Tewari

AAP supremo and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal will be hold a roadshow in the colonies on May 29 to seek votes for INDIA bloc candidate Tewari, AAP’s Chandigarh co-in-charge Dr Sunny Ahluwalia confirmed

BJP president Jatinder Pal Malhotra said PM Modi will be missing the campaign this time, but other senior leaders are coming to the city. (HT file photo for representation)
Updated on May 28, 2024 09:26 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

What Congress couldn’t do in 60 years, we did in 10 years: Nitin Gadkari says in Chandigarh

Addressing people during a meeting held at Sector 30 in support of BJP’s Chandigarh candidate Sanjay Tandon, Gadkari said that the Congress got to serve the country for 75 years but did not do good on its promises.

Union minister for road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari and BJP candidate Sanjay Tandon during a meeting in Chandigarh on Wednesday. (HT File)
Updated on May 23, 2024 09:36 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Pawan Bansal campaigning in Mohali, Panchkula, yet to join Manish Tewari

A four-time Member of Parliament from Chandigarh, Bansal was a strong contender for the ticket this time but had lost out to Tewari. Upset over this, he has been staying away from Tewari’s campaign.

Four-time MP Pawan Bansal spotted with Congress’ Ambala candidate Varun Chaudhary and party leader Chander Mohan in Panchkula. (HT File)
Updated on May 23, 2024 09:32 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: Yogi fires ‘udan khatola’ barb at Rahul, Tewari

Addressing a rally in Maloya to seek votes for Bharatiya Janata Party’s Chandigarh candidate Sanjay Tandon, Adityanath said, “Whenever there is a crisis in the country, Rahul Gandhi is the first to leave.”

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath with BJP candidate Sanjay Tandon during a public meeting in Maloya in Chandigarh. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Updated on May 21, 2024 06:20 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

CHB allottees vexed by delayed need-based change policy

Resentment among dwellers of 60,000 Chandigarh Housing Board flats, who have been waiting for a decade for a policy to regularise changes made in accommodation

Dwellers of 60,000 CHB dwelling units comprise 40% of the 6 lakh voters of Chandigarh. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 17, 2024 08:46 AM IST

Chandigarh: After 4 decades, Subhash Chawla shifts loyalties, dumps Congress for BJP

Former Chandigarh president and two-time mayor Subhash Chawla cited his dissatisfaction with the Congress-AAP coalition in Chandigarh as the reason behind leaving the Congress

Subhash Chawla with Chandigarh BJP candidate Sanjay Tandon after switching to the saffron fold. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 16, 2024 07:28 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

SAD pulls out of race for Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat

The decision comes hot on the heels of SAD’s Chandigarh candidate Hardeep Singh Saini quitting the party on May 6 and three days later surprisingly defecting to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), dealing a major blow to the panthic party’s campaign in Chandigarh, where it had stepped into the fray for the very first time

SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal decided not to contest the elections from Chandigarh this time. (HT file)
Updated on May 13, 2024 08:56 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

With just three days left for nomination, SAD still mum on candidate

With SAD yet to decide on a candidate, the contest currently is directly between Congress’ Manish Tewari and BJP’s Sanjay Tandon

The SAD candidate, Hardeep Singh Saini, had left the party on May 6 and joined the AAP three days later. (HT Photo)
Published on May 12, 2024 06:08 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Get us the seat and we will resolve all issues: Nadda to voters in Chandigarh

Nadda said the Union government was already in the process of turning the Chandigarh Railway Station into a world-class facility for which ₹550 crore had already been sanctioned

BJP national president Jagat Prakash Nadda with party candidate from Chandigarh Sanjay Tandon during a public meeting in Chandigarh on Friday. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Updated on May 11, 2024 08:40 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

SAD’s Chandigarh pick Hardeep jumps to AAP

Major setback for SAD, shot in the arm for INDIA bloc candidate Manish Tewari, who is contesting the Lok Sabha poll from a Congress ticket with AAP support

Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann formally inducted Hardeep Singh Saini and his associates into the party, extending a warm welcome to them. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 10, 2024 09:10 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

New Chandigarh candidate: SAD leaves decision to Sukhbir

Party’s vice-president and spokesperson Harjit Singh Bhullar is a strong contender for the ticket; Bhullar, who was previously with the BJP, had joined SAD amid the farmers’ agitation

SAD Chandigarh unit leaders, including SAD chief spokesman Arshdeep Singh Kler, Karnail Singh Peermohammad and Harjit Singh Bhullar, addressing the media on Tuesday. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 08, 2024 09:20 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Setback for SAD as its Chandigarh pick quits citing lack of funds

Cites lack of funds and support from party leadership for the elections; speculations rife that he may join BJP; Saini, who was also the president of SAD’s Chandigarh unit, surrendered his ticket while tendering resignation, along with his office-bearers. As per sources, he is likely to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Hardeep Singh Saini, 41, addressing the media at the Chandigarh Press Club after resigning from the party on Monday. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Updated on May 07, 2024 09:42 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Centre seeks fresh Tribune Flyover proposal from Chandigarh admn

After HC vacated stay on cutting of trees for the project, UT had written to the Centre for an extension; in response, the ministry has sought a fresh proposal for the long-pending project

The flyover is being touted as a solution to the traffic mess in the vicinity of the busy Tribune Chowk that sees movement of more than 1.5 lakh vehicles daily. (HT File Photo)
Updated on May 06, 2024 07:32 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: Manish Tewari meets disgruntled Congress leaders, buys peace

Following the meeting, the leaders, majority of whom have strong grassroots connection, assured Manish Tewari of full support for the party’s victory in the June 1 Lok Sabha election

On Wednesday, Manish Tewari met the despondent leaders at the residence of party secretary Ankush Jolly, where local unit vice-president and councillor Gurpreet Singh Gabi, councillor Nirmala Devi’s husband Dilawar Singh, councillor and NSUI president Sachin Galav, Congress general secretary Luv Kumar and major office-bearers of the Youth Congress were also present. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 03, 2024 09:04 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Unkept promises behind indus-trying times

The action the industry department took remained limited to identifying 3,000 items — sanitary and common office items and furniture etc. Despite orders to give preference to city-based MSME units being issued at the highest level, little has changed in the last three years

The adoption of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Act has also posed a few questions in Chandigarh, as has the move to increase the floor-area ratio that has been constant for four decades. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Updated on Apr 29, 2024 08:24 AM IST

Chandigarh: Congress, AAP forge unified strategy for Tewari’s campaign

At a strategy meeting held in Chandigarh on Wednesday and attended by key figures, a comprehensive plan was outlined

(From left) AAP Delhi MLA Jarnail Singh, Congress candidate Manish Tewari and AAP Mohali MLA Kulwant Singh addressing the media about the parties’ joint campaign at a hotel in Sector 35, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Updated on Apr 25, 2024 08:34 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Modi, Shah, Yogi on BJP’s star campaigners’ list

Other leaders included in the list are Union ministers Piyush Goyal and Smriti Irani; the names of BJP national president JP Nadda and MP Manoj Tiwari have also been sent to the party high command

In the last two elections, the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a huge difference, ensuring Kirron Kher’s easy win, said Chandigarh BJP chief Jatinder Pal Malhotra. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 24, 2024 09:50 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh administration staring at losses this year too as 21 liquor vends remain unsold

In 2023, the department had failed to auction 18 liquor vends even after 20 rounds of auctions, resulting in a loss of nearly ₹150 crore.

The UT excise and taxation department will fall short of meeting its excise revenue targets this time too as it has been able to auction only 76 out of the total 97 liquor vends, despite slashing the reserve price by 17% in the last five rounds. (HT File)
Updated on Apr 22, 2024 08:48 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

In Chandigarh, Sanjay Tandon’s campaign reeks of disquiet as top BJP leaders stay away

Despite Tandon’s personal visits to their homes, the expected support from these key players remains elusive, even as the election campaign of his rival from Congress, Manish Tewari, is picking pace

Since the announcement of the ticket on April 10, prominent BJP leaders have neither attended any party meetings at the Sector 33 office nor been seen at any public gatherings. Their support for Tandon is also missing on social media. (HT Photo)
Published on Apr 21, 2024 01:30 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

PPCB halts Dera Bassi residential project for violating green norms

The action came following a complaint by the project’s Residents Welfare Association in 2021. Multiple opportunities were given to the project proponent to comply with the conditions, but they failed to do so, says the PPCB order

The management failed to renew its environmental clearance, which lapsed in 2013, and continued with the construction. (iStock)
Updated on Apr 20, 2024 08:58 AM IST
By, Mohali

Colonies hold the cards for Chandigarh’s next MP

Standing tall with nearly half of Chandigarh’s voterbase, colonies will be the campaign epicentre for both Congress and BJP

This time, so far, 6,47,291 people have enrolled as voters in Chandigarh, of which staggering 3 lakh (46%) voters are residents of colonies that are plagued by various civic issues. (HT File Photo)
Published on Apr 18, 2024 06:37 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh set for a triangular contest as SAD throws its hat in ring

The contenders for the ticket include SAD’s Chandigarh unit president and two-time MC councillor Hardeep Singh, former mayor Harjinder Kaur, and party’s organisation secy and spokesperson Harjeet Bhullar

Until now, SAD had been backing candidates of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), with whom it has been in alliance since 1996. (HT File)
Published on Apr 16, 2024 05:06 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

MP report card: Health concerns, delay in projects mark Kirron Kher’s second tenure

Five years on, it’s time to shine the spotlight on the performance of Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher, who says she did her best for her constituency despite health challenges. But will her best be good enough for BJP’s Sanjay Tandon as he leads the party’s charge in City Beautiful this time.

Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher’s second tenure was riddled with controversies, particularly the Anil Masih fiasco in the recent MC elections. (HT File)
Updated on Apr 16, 2024 09:56 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Mohali developer allowed to advertise, sell flats with riders

In July 2023, RERA, Punjab had stayed all further developments of the housing project following a complaint by Rohan Bansal, a resident of Sector 21, Chandigarh, who had accused Shaurya Township Pvt Ltd of transferring the project to Wooden Heights Developer Pvt Ltd without RERA approval

While issuing the orders, justice Mahesh Grover (retd) said that the advertisement shall carry a cautionary note about the pendency of the proceedings before RERA. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Apr 13, 2024 09:34 AM IST
By, Mohali

Sanjay Tandon is BJP’s pick for Chandigarh seat

Two-time MP Kirron Kher opts out of race on health grounds; Sanjay to take on yet-to-be announced India bloc candidate in two-way contest

As the Congress has yet to name its face for the June 1 elections, the saffron fold has become the first to announce its candidate for the sole seat from Chandigarh. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Updated on Apr 11, 2024 09:14 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: 3 IAS officers blew 6.72 lakh excess on Paris tour, reveals audit

Not just this, without approval, the officers – former Chandigarh adviser Vijay Dev, former UT home secretary Anurag Aggarwal and secretary (personnel) Vikram Dev Dutt – went on a tour that was originally intended for a lower-ranking official – the UT chief architect

In 2015, an invitation was received from Foundation Le Corbusier Paris, France, regarding a meeting on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of architect Le Corbusier’s death to be held at Villa Savoye in Poissy on June 15. (HT File)
Updated on Apr 11, 2024 08:58 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

BJP picks Sanjay Tandon for Chandigarh Lok Sabha after Kirron Kher opts out

Kirron Kher congratulated Sanjay Tandon on Facebook minutes after the announcement was made and extended her best wishes for his election campaign.

In a post on Facebook, Kirron Kher congratulated Sanjay Tandon for being selected as the BJP candidate from Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat. (Facebook//kirronkher14)
Published on Apr 10, 2024 02:51 PM IST

BJP treads cautiously, distances from Masih

On April 5, Masih tendered an unconditional apology before the Supreme Court for making “false statements” on the tampering of ballot papers

Three days after SC apology, BJP distances itself from Masih. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 09, 2024 06:52 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

10 years on, development graph wavy at Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher’s adopted village

While ₹2 crore have been pumped in to set up a community centre, veterinary sub-station and sports complex, Sarangpur village is still battling with broken roads, repeated waterlogging, unsanitary conditions and non-functional street lights

Nestled next to Dhanas and Khudda Lahora on the Punjab border, Sarangpur was adopted by the MP Kirron Kher under the 2014 Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY). (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 08, 2024 09:14 AM IST
By, Chandigarh
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