Punjab polls: Congress candidate Balbir Sidhu kicks off campaign in Mohali
A day after Congress nominated sitting MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu as its Mohali candidate, the leader on Sunday formally started his election campaign after paying obeisance at Gurdwara Singh Shaheedan in Sohana.
“With the almighty’s blessings and Mohali residents’ love, I have been able to perform as per their expectations, which enabled me to get elected continuously since 2007,” said the three-time MLA, adding that this time, too, the Congress will ensure a thumping victory.
Talking about his campaign, he said, “We are going into our election campaign with the works performed by us in the past years. Our agenda is very clear. We ensured development and will continue to work relentlessly after winning the polls. It’s now for the public to decide which candidate can actually work for their betterment.”
Later, he also attended prayer meetings in Sectors 67 and 68, and paid obeisance at a temple in Phase 7.
AAP’s Kulwant Singh visits voters in Phase 3B1, 3B2
Former mayor and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate from Mohali, Kulwant Singh, intensified his door-to-door campaign on Sunday.
During his visit to houses in Phases 3B1 and 3B2, Kulwant assured voters that AAP’s successful Delhi model will be implemented in Punjab immediately after the party forms its government. He said a large number of Congress workers were fed up with its policies and were switching over to the AAP.
A partial shutdown was observed in parts of Srinagar on Saturday on the call of separatist amalgam Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on the death anniversaries of his father Molvi Mohammad Farooq and senior Hurriyat leader Abdul Gani Lone. Another local said commercial activities were also suspended in Khanyar, Fatah Kadal, Habba Kadal and Bohri Kadal areas.
Himachal Pradesh government on Saturday reshuffled four Indian Police Services officers. A 2003-batch IPS officer, PD Prasad, has been posted as inspector general of southern range in superannuation of Himanshu Mishra. Rameshwar Singh Thakur, IG, state vigilance and anti-corruption bureau, has been posted as the IG CID (intelligence). HP principal secretary, health, Subashish Panda said allied health professionals play an important role and the state government would be soon implementing the same.
The head priest of Mata Vaishno Devi shrine, Pandit Amir Chand, passed away at his residence in Jammu and Kashmir's Reasi district on Saturday morning, officials said. Pandit Chand belonged to the family of Pandit Shridhar, who believed to have discovered the three-peaked cave shrine in Trikuta Hills some 700 years ago. “The mortal remains of the priest were consigned to flames at Banganga later in the day,” said a police officer.
J&K lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha on Saturday said terrorism is the gravest threat to peace and prosperity and no one will be allowed to create disturbances in UT. Sinha administered the 'Anti-Terrorism Pledge' to senior officials, DCs and SSPs at Raj Bhawan to mark the observance of Anti-Terrorism Day. “I reaffirm our strong commitment to uphold peace and harmony and to defeat the forces of disruption threatening human lives,” he said.
Veteran Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Saturday said the current tourism boom in Jammu and Kashmir is due to the rising temperature in the rest of the country and not because of any improved situation in the UT. Azad made the assertion, reiterating his stand on the Delimitation Commission report, saying that “the tailor-made report is in contradiction with the ground realities”. He is scheduled to return to Srinagar on Sunday.