Candidates in Pune eager to know civic election dates
PUNE: As the state election commission has asked the Supreme Court (SC) to allow holding civic elections after the monsoon and the apex court has kept the matter for hearing next week, political workers are eagerly awaiting the election dates.
Recently, the SC asked to start preparing for the elections, including preparing the voters’ list and finalising the ward structures. As per the apex court’s order, the state election commission asked the municipal corporation to publish the ward structures. At the same time however, the election commission asked for permission to hold the elections after the monsoon.
As the SC has now kept the matter on hold till the next hearing, political workers are eager to know the election dates. The next hearing is on May 17. Some candidates who are willing are finding difficulties with the election dates not being fixed. These candidates expressed the view that when the SC said to hold elections, they started spending on elements of the campaign such as putting up banners etc. Now that the state election commission has asked the SC’s permission to allow holding the elections after the monsoon, they have stopped preparations.
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) city unit president Prashant Jagtap said, “We are ready to face elections at any time. Our wing and our candidates are ready.”
BJP city unit president Jagdish Mulik said, “As a political party, the BJP is always ready to contest the election.”
Another NCP office-bearer on condition of anonymity accepted that as the dates are not fixed, candidates who are willing are facing various difficulties. “Before the elections, every candidate starts campaigning to reach the maximum number of people. But if the elections are delayed, the candidates then stop their aggressive campaigning,” he said.
Tibba police busted a honey-trap racket and arrested four persons, including two women, on Saturday. One of the members of the gang has yet to be caught, the police said. The FIR against them has been registered on the complaint of Nagendra Yadav of New Vijay Nagar. A fabric manufacturer, Yadav, told the police that he runs a factory near Puneet Nagar. On Friday evening, he was going to his factory on a scooter.
Bringing relief from the scorching heat, the thunderstorm witnessed in the city on Saturday evening turned the weather pleasant. Partly cloudy weather prevailed in the city since morning and rains, along with strong winds, brought down the mercury levels in the evening. As per the meteorological department, Chandigarh, the maximum temperature in the city was recorded at 40 degrees Celsius while the minimum was 27 degrees.
Division number 8 police have booked an employee of a jewellery shop for allegedly stealing items worth lakhs on Friday. Akash has been identified as Akash of Chaura Bazaar. The FIR has been registered following the statement of Lalit Chopra of Rishi Nagar. The complainant said that on Friday, they were present in the store and were attending to customers.
The joint co-coordinator of Kisan Congress, a wing of All India Congress Committee, has been booked for hurting religious sentiments by cleaning a statue of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi installed in a park in Salem Tabri with Gursimran Singh Mand's turban. The action against Gursimran Singh Mand has been taken around 10 months after the incident. Mand had reached the spot and cleaned the statue with his turban, which sparked a row.
The cybercrime wing of Punjab Police has issued an advisory to mobile phone users to be cautious of fraudsters who have found new ways to trap and dupe people. These fraudsters pose as officers and dupe people by sending them suspicious links on WhatsApp. Three such cases have been reported in Ludhiana in the past 45 days wherein fraudsters duped people by impersonating officials. The police have solved only one case till now.