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Party versus identity politics in Punjab polls

In Punjab, groups and interests have coalesced around parties: the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), originally an explicitly religious party representing the rural Sikh class, and the Congress, having roots across social groups, including the state’s Hindus
A polling official takes out an Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) from the case at a distribution centre on the eve of Punjab Assembly elections, in Amritsar on Saturday. (Raminder Pal Singh)
A polling official takes out an Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) from the case at a distribution centre on the eve of Punjab Assembly elections, in Amritsar on Saturday. (Raminder Pal Singh)
Updated on Feb 20, 2022 04:55 AM IST
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ByBhanu Joshi, Ashish Ranjan, Neelanjan Sircar

Bikram Singh Majithia a 'parcha mafia': Sidhu's attack on SAD leader

  • "We will make a new Punjab," Sidhu said while addressing the media in Amritsar. Both leaders are up against each other from the high-profile Amritsar East constituency.
Punjab Congress Chief Navjot Singh Sidhu.(ANI)
Punjab Congress Chief Navjot Singh Sidhu.(ANI)
Published on Jan 30, 2022 04:25 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

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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ByPress Trust of India, New Delhi

Punjab elections: Majithia to face Sidhu in Amritsar contest

The Shiromani Akal Dal leader is also contesting the polls from his hometurf Majithia, which he has represented for the past three terms.
Shiromani Akali Dal leader Bikram Singh Majithia addresses the media in Chandigarh on Wednesday. He will be contesting the upcoming Punjab assembly elections against state Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu from Amritsar. (ANI)
Shiromani Akali Dal leader Bikram Singh Majithia addresses the media in Chandigarh on Wednesday. He will be contesting the upcoming Punjab assembly elections against state Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu from Amritsar. (ANI)
Published on Jan 26, 2022 11:52 PM IST
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