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Ludhiana: MLAs Simarjit Bains, Sanjay Talwar, Sharanjit Dhillon, 22 others file nomination papers on Day 3

The filing of nominations for the Punjab assembly elections had started on January 25 and will go on till February 1; so far, 43 candidates, including the covering candidates, Independents as well as candidates of little-known parties, have filed their papers to join the electoral race in 14 assembly segments of the district.
Congress candidate Sanjay Talwar filing his nomination papers from Ludhiana East, for the upcoming Punjab assembly elections on Friday. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Congress candidate Sanjay Talwar filing his nomination papers from Ludhiana East, for the upcoming Punjab assembly elections on Friday. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Published on Jan 29, 2022 12:45 AM IST
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By, Ludhiana

AAP will make Mohali number 1 city in Punjab: MLA candidate

Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) candidate from Mohali, Kulwant Singh, campaigned at Premgarh, Dharamgarh and Kandala villages on Friday
AAP candidate Kulwant Singh addressing residents while campaigning in Mohali. (HT Photo)
AAP candidate Kulwant Singh addressing residents while campaigning in Mohali. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 29, 2022 12:36 AM IST
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Punjab assembly elections: AAP will provide corruption-free governance, says Delhi health minister

Ahead of the upcoming Punjab assembly elections, Delhi health minister Satyendra Jain campaigned for the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) Dakha candidate KNS Kang in Ludhiana, promising voters corruption-free governance
Delhi health minister Satyendra Jain at the inauguration of the election office for Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) Dakha candidate KNS Kang in Ludhiana ahead of the Punjab assembly elections. (HT File)
Delhi health minister Satyendra Jain at the inauguration of the election office for Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) Dakha candidate KNS Kang in Ludhiana ahead of the Punjab assembly elections. (HT File)
Published on Jan 29, 2022 12:27 AM IST
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Punjab state elections: Ravneet Bittu campaigns for Atam Nagar Congress candidate, presses for ‘change’

Amping up the campaign for the upcoming Punjab state elections, MP Ravneet Bittu sought votes for the Congress candidate in Atam Nagar constituency Kamaljit Karwal during the inauguration of his election office at Gill road
MP Ravneet Bittu inaugurating the election office of Congress candidate Kamaljit Karwal in Ludhiana ahead of the Punjab assembly elections. (HT File)
MP Ravneet Bittu inaugurating the election office of Congress candidate Kamaljit Karwal in Ludhiana ahead of the Punjab assembly elections. (HT File)
Published on Jan 29, 2022 12:20 AM IST
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'Let us work for 5 years, If we don't...': Kejriwal's vote appeal in Punjab

  • Assembly elections are set to be held in Punjab next month and Bhagwant Mann has been named as the chief ministerial candidate of AAP.
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal.(ANI)
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal.(ANI)
Published on Jan 28, 2022 07:22 PM IST
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If he can't be of his mother, how will he be of the public?: Majithia on Sidhu

  • Earlier in the day, Congress' Punjab president Navjot Singh Sidhu's sister Suman Toor alleged that the latter abandoned their mother after the death of their father in 1986 in a “cold blooded” manner.
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader and former Punjab minister Bikram Singh Majithia got relief from the Supreme Court that stayed his arrest in the drugs case till January 28, 2022.(HT_PRINT)
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader and former Punjab minister Bikram Singh Majithia got relief from the Supreme Court that stayed his arrest in the drugs case till January 28, 2022.(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Jan 28, 2022 05:00 PM IST
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Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, New Delhi

Punjab polls: Kejriwal pitches for ‘very honest’ CM at Phillaur town hall

In a jibe aimed at leaders of ruling Congress and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and other parties, Kejriwal said Mann has been an MP for seven years but still stays in a rented house.
Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP's) national convener Arvind Kejriwal.(Screengrab)
Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP's) national convener Arvind Kejriwal.(Screengrab)
Updated on Jan 28, 2022 01:53 PM IST
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Written by Harshit Sabarwal | Edited by Sohini Goswami, New Delhi

Sunam Congress candidate Dhiman escalates campaign amid Daman Thind Bajwa’s parallel meets

Sunam Congress candidate Jaswinder Dhiman escalated his election campaign amid party’s halqa in-charge Daman Thind Bajwa’s opposition, parallel meetings and ‘social work’ on Thursday
Sunam Congress candidate Jaswinder Singh Dhiman along with his uncle and Amargarh MLA Surjit Singh Dhiman held meetings after paying homage to freedom fighter Udham Singh. Daman Thind Bajwa held meetings with her supporters in Sunam villages but they will take the final decision on Friday. (HT Photo)
Sunam Congress candidate Jaswinder Singh Dhiman along with his uncle and Amargarh MLA Surjit Singh Dhiman held meetings after paying homage to freedom fighter Udham Singh. Daman Thind Bajwa held meetings with her supporters in Sunam villages but they will take the final decision on Friday. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 28, 2022 03:28 AM IST
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By, Sangrur

Punjab polls: BJP fields Sanjeev Vashisht from Mohali

Sanjeev Vashisht, 48, is a state executive member of the Punjab BJP and also a member of the advisory committee, Chandigarh International Airport
Sanjeev Vashisht’s name was in BJP’s list of 27 candidates declared on Thursday. (HT Photo)
Sanjeev Vashisht’s name was in BJP’s list of 27 candidates declared on Thursday. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 28, 2022 03:25 AM IST
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Kharar: Revolt brewing in Congress over ticket denial

Former cabinet minister Jagmohan Singh Kang has given an ultimatum to the party high command to review its decision or his son, who was denied the ticket,will contest the Punjab assembly elections independently
Congress has declared Vijay Kumar Sharma, 60, the chairman of the Mohali District Planning Board, as its candidate from Kharar constituency. (HT Photo)
Congress has declared Vijay Kumar Sharma, 60, the chairman of the Mohali District Planning Board, as its candidate from Kharar constituency. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 28, 2022 03:25 AM IST
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Rebel trouble for Congress in Ludhiana: Denied tickets, 3 leaders set to fight as independents

The party is set to face rebel trouble from Samrala, Sahnewal and Jagraon, with its leaders Amrik Singh Dhillon, Satwinder Kaur Bitti and Malkit Singh Dakha deciding to fight independently from these seats.
One of the rebels has accused chief minister (CM) Charanjit Singh Channi of surrendering a Congress ticket to an AAP turncoat on a seat in Ludhiana. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
One of the rebels has accused chief minister (CM) Charanjit Singh Channi of surrendering a Congress ticket to an AAP turncoat on a seat in Ludhiana. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 28, 2022 03:18 AM IST
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ByMohit Khanna, Ludhiana

SAD seeks action against Punjab Police officials for raids at Bikram Majithia’s houses

In a complaint filed before CEO, Punjab, SADon Thursday demanded action against officials of the Punjab Police for conducting raids at the residences of former minister Bikram Singh Majithia
SAD senior vice-president Daljit Singh Cheema, who filed a representation before the CEO, said the raids by the officials of the Punjab Police were against the fundamental rights of Bikram Majithia and also raises questions on the fair conduct of the upcoming polls. (HT File Photo)
SAD senior vice-president Daljit Singh Cheema, who filed a representation before the CEO, said the raids by the officials of the Punjab Police were against the fundamental rights of Bikram Majithia and also raises questions on the fair conduct of the upcoming polls. (HT File Photo)
Published on Jan 28, 2022 03:08 AM IST
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Punjab assembly elections: 91 candidates file nominations

Chief electoral officer (CEO), Punjab, S Karuna Raju stated that 91 nominations were filed on Thursday for the upcoming Punjab assembly elections scheduled for February 20
Punjab chief electoral officer (CEO) S Karuna Raju stated that 91 nominations were filed on Thursday. With 12 nominations filed on January 25, the total number of nominations filed for the Punjab assembly elections is 103. (ANI File Photo)
Punjab chief electoral officer (CEO) S Karuna Raju stated that 91 nominations were filed on Thursday. With 12 nominations filed on January 25, the total number of nominations filed for the Punjab assembly elections is 103. (ANI File Photo)
Published on Jan 28, 2022 03:02 AM IST
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Punjab assembly polls: Slain gangster’s sister, caste factor may hold electoral key in Fazilka

Punjab assembly polls: A party hopper, Rajdeep Kaur, sister of slain gangster-turned-politician Jaswinder Singh ‘Rocky’, and caste composition may hold electoral key in Fazilka constituency
Rajdeep Kaur, who joined the Punjab Lok Congress, is non-committed to support the candidate fielded by her party’s ally, BJP in the upcoming Punjab assembly polls. In state elections of 2012 and 2017, Rajdeep and her brother had contested unsuccessfully as Independents from their hometown Fazilka. (AFP File Photo/ Representational image)
Rajdeep Kaur, who joined the Punjab Lok Congress, is non-committed to support the candidate fielded by her party’s ally, BJP in the upcoming Punjab assembly polls. In state elections of 2012 and 2017, Rajdeep and her brother had contested unsuccessfully as Independents from their hometown Fazilka. (AFP File Photo/ Representational image)
Published on Jan 28, 2022 02:53 AM IST
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ByVishal Joshi, Bathinda

Publish criminal antecedents of candidates on websites: Punjab Chief electoral officer

Chief electoral officer (CEO), Punjab, S Karuna Raju on Thursday asked political parties and candidates contesting the assembly polls in Punjab to declare criminal records, if any, and also give publicity in the electronic media.
Punjab chief electoral officer (CEO) S Karuna Raju said it’s mandatory for parties to upload on their website information about pending criminal cases. (ANI File Photo)
Punjab chief electoral officer (CEO) S Karuna Raju said it’s mandatory for parties to upload on their website information about pending criminal cases. (ANI File Photo)
Published on Jan 28, 2022 02:31 AM IST
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Punjab polls: AAP’s ‘Delhi model’ a failure, says Mohali MLA

Congress candidate from Mohali Balbir Singh Sidhu lashed out at Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for seeking votes on the basis of Delhi model and termed it “a terrible failure”
Congress candidate and local MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu campaigning in Phase 11, Mohali, on Thursday. (HT Photo)
Congress candidate and local MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu campaigning in Phase 11, Mohali, on Thursday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 28, 2022 03:25 AM IST
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Punjab assembly polls: Sanyukt Samaj Morcha candidates seek common poll symbol

In a joint application filed by all candidates of Sanyukt Samaj Morcha (SSM) before the chief electoral officer (CEO), Punjab, it has demanded a common symbol for the upcoming Punjab assembly polls
Sanyukt Samaj Morcha’s parliamentary wing head Prem Singh Bhangu said they have asked the EC to give a common symbol to all candidates nominated by their morcha to contest the upcoming Punjab assembly polls. (HT File Photo)
Sanyukt Samaj Morcha’s parliamentary wing head Prem Singh Bhangu said they have asked the EC to give a common symbol to all candidates nominated by their morcha to contest the upcoming Punjab assembly polls. (HT File Photo)
Published on Jan 28, 2022 02:19 AM IST
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Punjab assembly polls: SAD patriarch Parkash Singh Badal to file nomination on Friday

Five times Punjab chief minister and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) patriarch Parkash Singh Badal (94) will file his nomination paper for upcoming Punjab assembly polls scheduled for Feb 20, on Friday
SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal announced Akali patron Parkash Singh Badal as party nominee for the upcoming Punjab assembly polls on Wednesday. (HT File Photo)
SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal announced Akali patron Parkash Singh Badal as party nominee for the upcoming Punjab assembly polls on Wednesday. (HT File Photo)
Published on Jan 28, 2022 02:08 AM IST
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Punjab Polls: Stakes are higher for Sidhu in challenge from Majithia

Stakes are high for Majithia and Sidhu, but much higher for the latter, unexpectedly pitch-forked into the toughest electoral test he has faced since former Indian cricketer shifted to political pitch after joining the BJP ahead of the 2004 Lok Sabha polls
Majithia and Sidhu were comrades-in-arms to the extent that young Akali leader would be on the wheel of former cricketer’s campaign vehicle in three successive Amritsar Lok Sabha polls which the latter won. That was until they fell out bitterly sometime in 2013 over their clashing power ambitions in the Majha region. (HT FIle/video grab)
Majithia and Sidhu were comrades-in-arms to the extent that young Akali leader would be on the wheel of former cricketer’s campaign vehicle in three successive Amritsar Lok Sabha polls which the latter won. That was until they fell out bitterly sometime in 2013 over their clashing power ambitions in the Majha region. (HT FIle/video grab)
Published on Jan 28, 2022 02:01 AM IST
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Punjab assembly elections: Bharat Bhushan Ashu, Capt Sandhu and 11 others file nomination papers from Ludhiana

So far, 18 candidates, including covering candidates of main contestants, as well as some from little-known local party candidates have filed their papers for the Punjab assembly elections in Ludhiana which has 14 assembly segments.
Congress’ Dakha candidate Capt Sandeep Sandhu during filing of nomination papers at the mini-secretariat in Ludhiana on Thursday. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Congress’ Dakha candidate Capt Sandeep Sandhu during filing of nomination papers at the mini-secretariat in Ludhiana on Thursday. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Updated on Jan 28, 2022 02:00 AM IST
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Drugs case: SC grants protection from arrest to Majithia till Jan 31

The SC on Thursday orally asked the Punjab government not to take any coercive step against SAD leader Bikram Singh Majithia till January 31 when it hears his pre-arrest bail plea in a drugs case.
The SC on Thursday orally asked the Punjab government not to take any coercive step against SAD leader Bikram Singh Majithia till January 31 when it hears his pre-arrest bail plea in a drugs case. (ANI)
The SC on Thursday orally asked the Punjab government not to take any coercive step against SAD leader Bikram Singh Majithia till January 31 when it hears his pre-arrest bail plea in a drugs case. (ANI)
Published on Jan 28, 2022 12:43 AM IST
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Punjab elections: Congress will soon name CM candidate, says Rahul Gandhi

The Congress will soon declare a CM candidate for Punjab elections and the decision will be made after feedback from party workers and the public, senior leader Rahul Gandhi announced on Thursday.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi with Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi and party state chief Navjot Singh Sidhu pays obeisance at the Golden Temple, in Amritsar on Thursday. Gandhi said he will soon declared the CM candidate in the state for the upcoming elections. (ANI)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi with Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi and party state chief Navjot Singh Sidhu pays obeisance at the Golden Temple, in Amritsar on Thursday. Gandhi said he will soon declared the CM candidate in the state for the upcoming elections. (ANI)
Published on Jan 28, 2022 12:33 AM IST
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Punjab elections: No alliance, LIP to go solo this time

LIP president and sitting MLA from Atam Nagar, Simarjit Singh Bains had earlier announced that the LIP will enter into an alliance with some party for Punjab elections but the party has now decided to go solo
Lok Insaaf Party (LIP) has announced 35 candidates for seats across the state over the last three days for Punjab elections. (HT Photo)
Lok Insaaf Party (LIP) has announced 35 candidates for seats across the state over the last three days for Punjab elections. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 28, 2022 03:32 AM IST
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Punjab polls: Golden opportunity to teach Sidhu,Majithia a lesson, says Cheema

Calling this a golden opportunity, Cheema said that both leaders have betrayed the people of Punjab. The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has fielded former minister Bikram Singh Majithia to take on sitting MLA Navjot Singh Sidhu of the Congress in Amritsar whereas social worker Jeevan Jyot Kaur is the AAP nominee.
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) senior leader and leader of opposition in Punjab assembly Harpal Singh Cheema on Thursday made an appeal to the voters to teach a lesson to both Navjot Singh Sidhu and Bikram Singh Majithia who are taking on each other in the Amritsar East assembly segment.
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) senior leader and leader of opposition in Punjab assembly Harpal Singh Cheema on Thursday made an appeal to the voters to teach a lesson to both Navjot Singh Sidhu and Bikram Singh Majithia who are taking on each other in the Amritsar East assembly segment.
Published on Jan 27, 2022 10:49 PM IST
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Punjab polls: To woo Dalit voters, Channi spends night at Dera Ballan

Describing his stay at the Dera, Channi said it gave him great pleasure to spend the night in the room where the head of Dera, Sant Niranjan Dass stayed and also listened to the Sant’s religious preachings
Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi spent a night at Dera Sachkhand Ballan, a prominent Ravidassia community sect in the Doaba region of Punjab before heading out on Wednesday morning to Jalandhar to attend a Republic Day event.
Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi spent a night at Dera Sachkhand Ballan, a prominent Ravidassia community sect in the Doaba region of Punjab before heading out on Wednesday morning to Jalandhar to attend a Republic Day event.
Published on Jan 27, 2022 10:42 PM IST
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Channi or Sidhu? Rahul Gandhi says party workers will decide CM face

Rahul Gandhi said, “Two people can't lead. Only one will lead. Both of them promised me that the other person will commit to helping whoever becomes the CM face. I was listening to them. I was happy.”
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi visited the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Thursday with Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi and party state chief Navjot Singh Sidhu. 
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi visited the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Thursday with Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi and party state chief Navjot Singh Sidhu. 
Published on Jan 27, 2022 06:54 PM IST
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BJP fields Darshan Singh Shivjot from Chamkaur Sahib against Channi; Check list

  • Punjab will go to the assembly polls on February 20. The counting of votes will take place on March 10.
The BJP has, thus far, announced the names of 61 of its 65 candidates for the upcoming Punjab polls. (FILE PHOTO)
The BJP has, thus far, announced the names of 61 of its 65 candidates for the upcoming Punjab polls. (FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 27, 2022 04:45 PM IST
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Written by Shubhangi Gupta | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, New Delhi

Rahul Gandhi begins poll campaign in Punjab today

In a tweet, state Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu shared Gandhi’s schedule for the day and said the party looks forward to welcoming him
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi (PTI/File)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi (PTI/File)
Published on Jan 27, 2022 11:50 AM IST
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Punjab Polls: Rahul Gandhi to visit Punjab along with 117 Congress candidates 

During his day-long visit, Rahul Gandhi would pay obeisance at around 9 am at Sri Harmandir Sahib along with 117 candidates in Amritsar.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi paying obeisance at the Golden Temple in Amritsar during an earlier visit. (HT_PRINT)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi paying obeisance at the Golden Temple in Amritsar during an earlier visit. (HT_PRINT)
Published on Jan 27, 2022 07:25 AM IST
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