Sukhdeep Kaur is an assistant editor with the Punjab bureau. She covers politics, social issues and special projects, including on-the-ground reporting during critical situations.
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Aam Aadmi Party in Chandigarh accused the on chair party Congress of not maintaining law in Punjab prisons.
He also expressed surprise at the Akali Dal’s decision to welcome the development, saying they had done a somersault as the move was against the federal structure, which incidentally was the essence of the Akali’s Anandpur Sahib resolution.
After chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh endorsed it, the Punjab assembly had in the last budget session passed the amendment to make ministers and leader of Opposition, who holds a cabinet rank, bear their own income tax liability.
The meeting was held on Monday evening during the "dinner diplomacy" of chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh to placate ruffled feathers of party MLAs who had aired their resentment over handling of the sacrilege issue by the government during the CLP meeting held on Friday.
The CM’s office cited Sidhu’s refusal to take over the power ministry as the reason for acceptance of the resignation.
Punjab is pinning the blame for ineligible beneficiaries on private commercial banks, saying the data given by them was “misleading”.
A sulking Sidhu is learnt to be camping in New Delhi to meet Congress president Rahul Gandhi before deciding his next course.
The Captain’s action came hours after Sidhu skipped the first cabinet meeting post the Lok Sabha elections and instead held a press briefing at his official residence.
The simmering Amarinder- Sidhu tussle had escalated soon after the results of Lok sabha elections after the Congress won eight of 13 seats in state.
In the assembly seat sharing matrix, the saffron party contests 23 urban seats , while its senior ally, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), the remaining 94.
The CM blamed Sidhu for party’s “poor show” in urban areas, saying no development work was carried out in cities and towns by Sidhu’s department. Capt said he would be taking Sidhu’s report card to Rahul to make a case for change in his portfolio.
Lok Sabha Elections Results 2019: Amarinder Singh blames Navjot Sidhu for seats Congress lost, hints at portfolio change
Though Capt Amarinder Singh was able to stop the Modi juggernaut in Punjab, the mood at the CM residence where he addressed the media on Thursday afternoon was sombre in face of his party’s poor show.
Lok Sabha Elections Results 2019: The verdict will be a mid-term report card for the Congress and chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh, who is battling rebellion from his firebrand minister Navjot Singh Sidhu.
Lok Sabha Elections 2019: At Priyanka Gandhi rally, Navjot Sidhu rejoins Punjab campaign to attack Badals
Navjot Singh Sidhu had taken offence to the Punjab Congress dropping him out of the list of speakers at a Rahul Gandhi’s Moga rally in March this year and had been in a sulk for days, skipping office and political events.
Congress star campaigner, Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu is all set to give his home state a miss. The cricketer-turned-politician, who is headed next to Bihar today to address a rally for Shatrughan Sinha.
With history of no Hindu chief minister, Captain tries to woo the community in Gurdaspur where it has a dominant presence
Gurdaspur candidate Sunny Deol may have lent star power to the campaign, but the BJP headquarters in New Delhi is micro-managing both his on-ground and social media campaigns.
Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Gunning for Gurdaspur, attack and counter attack between Sunil Jakhar and Sunny Deol
Sunil Jakhar, the Congress candidate from Gurdaspur has called BJP candidate Sunny Deol a misfit in politics, and alluded to his rival’s recent Bollywood flops to question his poll plunge. Deol says it means he will be in politics full time.
Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Modi, not Sunny Deol the real hero in Gurdaspur; Sikhs divided over Jakhar
Lok Sabha Elections 2019: In Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat, it is PM Modi and not BJP candidate Sunny Deol who is the real hero on the ground.
Congress general secretary in-charge of Punjab Asha Kumari said Priyanka will be campaigning in Punjab. “We have sought her dates for Gurdaspur.
As per the poll affidavit filed by Congress’ Patiala candidate, Preneet Kaur, the value of Moti Bagh palace, inherited by her husband and Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh, is ₹35 crore, the same as it was in 2004.
Sunam legislator Aman Arora said the Congress has tried to poach every MLA in AAP.
The MLAs owing allegiance to party chief Arvind Kejriwal tried to keep flock together by holding a show of strength in Chandigarh on Saturday to refute reports that some of them were ready to switch loyalties.
Holding show of strength, legislators from party’s rebel faction too accuse ruling party of spreading canards.
Among those supporting Dr Amar Singh, the Congress candidate from Fatehgarh Sahib Lok Sabha seat, Amloh MLA Randeep Singh Nabha says Amar Singh is an educated candidate, who would be an asset for the party and Fatehgarh Sahib as a MP as he has the right connections in government of India.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi has allowed Amarinder to have his way on some key seats, including Anandpur Sahib and Sangrur.
In line of fire over Panthic issues, Akalis desperate to win Bathinda and Ferozepur; Brar’s political career too had reached a dead end.
The waiting game is still on between the Congress and the Akalis on Bathinda and Ferozepur seats ever since Sukhbir has given indications that both he and Harsimrat could contest from the two segments.
The meeting that started late on Thursday evening went on for an hour during which all four remaining seats were discussed.
The names were finalised at a meeting of the state screening committee comprising Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh, state Congress president Sunil Jakhar, state affairs in-charge Asha Kumari and general secretary (organisation) KC Venugopal with Rahul.