Monthly Archives: DECEMBER 2016
SAD, AAP misleading people with lies, frauds;9-point agenda sacrosanct: Amarinder
Captain Amarinder Singh has trashed the statements of SAD and AAP describing his 9-point agenda as a fraud on the people of Punjab, saying they were the ones who were indulging in cheating the state with their false promises and tall claims.
Reacting strongly to the charges of the Badals that his 9-point agenda was a bundle of lies, Captain said he was committed to fulfilling every single promise made to the people and would do everything in his power to alleviate their sufferings and bring the smiles back on their faces. His agenda, said Capt., was sacrosanct and uncompromisable and a critical part of the Congress election manifesto.
In a statement issued here on Tuesday, Amarinder flayed the Badal father-son duo for trying to befool the people with their misleading propaganda against the Congress, saying their falsehoods and lies will not help them woo the people whose lives had been destroyed by the Badals and their mafias.
He said it was the policy of Akali Dal and also of Arvind Kejriwal and his AAP to retract from their promises and befool the people to promote their own vested interests.
Amarinder came down heavily on the Badals, charging them with playing with the sentiments of the people by making false promises, which they never fulfilled, and by making baseless allegations against the Congress.
Capt. Amarinder said he was totally committed to meeting the aspirations of the people of Punjab, with his 9-point point agenda a comprehensive development plank to ensure the same. His government, would work hard to implement the agenda in totality, without any deviation.
He further asserted that he would ensure that all the problems being faced by the people, who had been suffering from the past one decade due to the misrule of the Badals, are addressed once the Congress comes to power in Punjab.
The Badals, had failed to fulfill any of the promises made to the people in the past 10 years and were now trying desperately to cover up their failures by making false and baseless allegations against him. They will not, however, succeed in their malicious agenda and will be thrown out of the state by the people, he added.
He pointed out that he had never defaulted on any of his promises and will ensure that he and his government executes all the promises listed in his 9-point agenda without delay and on priority basis once he is in power after the Assembly polls.
Badals indulging in politics of distraction to divert attention from rebellion in own party: Amarinder
Capt Amarinder has charged the Badals with indulging in politics of distraction to divert public attention from the widespread rebellion in their own party by unleashing a disinformation campaign against the Congress.
Captain Amarinder dismissed Parkash Singh Badal’s `Congress tug of war’ remark, saying the Akali leadership should look at putting their own house in order before raking up non-existent differences within the Congress. He also renounced Badal’s allegation that the Congress would withdraw all subsidies and concessions in the state on coming to power as baseless rhetoric aimed at covering up his party’s own failures.
Having announced only 85 seats in more than a month, and faced with large-scale revolt within the party from disgruntled aspirants who had been denied tickets, the Shiromani AKali Dal was struggling to hold itself together, said Amarinder, adding that the Badals’ party was coming down like a pack of cards which they were unable to put back together even by resorting to all kinds of gimmicks and violation of norms.
Pointing out that the first SAD list of 69 candidates was announced way back on November 16, Captain Amarinder noted that not a single list declared thereafter by the party had more than nine names, with the last list, released on Friday, containing only three names. This, said Captain, clearly reflected the extent of discontent prevailing the Badal camp, which was striving desperately to remain in the fight for the Assembly elections.
Reports of revolt in the party continued to come in from different parts of the state every day, he said, adding that allegations of allocation of tickets to tainted and undeserving aspirants were rife in the SAD, which was contesting 94 of the 117 assembly segments in the state under the seat-sharing pact with its ally, the BJP.
The disillusionment and resentment in the party was evident from the fact that as many as 18 key SAD leaders had quit the party to join the Congress in the last couple of months, Captain noted. Several sitting MLAs and party office-bearers, apart from a large number of workers and supporters, had left SAD, accusing the party of functioning in a completely undemocratic and totalitarian manner,he said.
It is out sheer frustration at their crumbling edifice that the Badals have started resorting to delusional behaviour and personal attacks, making senseless and baseless allegations against the Congress, Captain said, adding that they were exposing their desperation with every statement.
Capt Amarinder condemns Canada gurdwara vandalism
Condemning the reported vandalism of a gurdwara in Canada’s Calagry city, Capt Amarinder Singh on Saturday urged the Modi government to come out with a comprehensive policy for the protection of Sikhs living abroad, along with their religious and other properties.
Expressing concern over the increasing incidence of intolerance against Sikhs globally, Amarinder said it reflected the gross failure of the Indian government to protect the Sikhs living in other countries. The government, he said, had not only failed to raise the issue at the proper global forums but also did not have a strong internal policy to ensure the protection of Sikhs despite the spike in such incidents since the 9/11 New York attacks.
It was imperative to take immediate steps at an official level to restore the faith of the Sikhs abroad in the Indian government, said Captain, referring to the serious erosion of confidence in the community as a result of such incidents of hatred and sacrilege.
He urged the central government to take up the latest incident with the Canadian government on priority basis and ensure that the culprits are brought to book and awarded exemplary punishment to act as a deterrent to similar acts of destruction of religious properties in the future.
The message needs to go out that the Sikh community living abroad is not alone and has the full backing of the Indian government, and in fact the entire nation, Captain said.
Invest Punjab team wins Digital India Award-2016
The INVEST PUNJAB team headed by Sh. Anirudh Tiwari won the Digital India Award-2016. This award was given for e-governance initiatives taken by the Government of Punjab.
Elaborating this, Er. Krunesh Garg, Chief Environmental Engineer, Punjab Pollution Control Board who is also the member of the project team said that this award was given for common platform developed for the investors to obtain regulatory clearances as well as fiscal incentive approvals of different departments of the State through One Step Clearance System (OSCS) developed by Invest Punjab which ensures world class facilitation to the investor right from the conceptualization of the project till commencement of its commercial operations. The OSCS includes features like know your clearances, multiple handling clearances from multiple departments, common application form, one time online document submission, online multiple payments in one go, online paperless processing and pre-feasibility within 10 days without any fee.
Mr. Garg further said that Sh. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology gave away this award in a function organized at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. He said it is a joint effort of the project team of Invest Punjab and congratulated the team for its tireless efforts to facilitate the investor with this world class OSCS.
Congress releases second list of candidates, SAD turncoats still on hold
The Punjab Congress on Thursday declared its second list of 16 candidates for the forthcoming Assembly elections, choosing winnability over other considerations to go with four new faces, including two youth. The names of these 16 candidates were finalized in New Delhi on Wednesday by the Congress Electoral Committee (CEC), which met under the leadership of party president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi.
As announced by Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh, who had set off intense speculations by stating that "non-performing” sitting legislators will be dropped and seats of Dalit MLAs will be swapped, the party did not name MLA Joginder Singh Panjgrain from the reserved seat of Jaito and Tarlochan Singh Soondh from Banga.
Six of the party’s sitting MLAs who got tickets to fight from their respective seats are – Indian Youth Congress President Amarinder Singh Raja Warring (Gidderbaha), three-time MLAs Amrik Singh Dhillon (Samrala) and Jagmohan Singh Kang (Kharar), besides Karan Kaur Brar from Muktsar seat.
Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh said only credible and winnable candidates have been given the tickets and winnability is the sole criterion for selection.
The list also includes three fresh faces, Darshan Lal Mangepur from Balachaur and Harwinder Singh Laddi (ex-PPP) from Bathinda (Rural) seat, along with Nirmal Singh Nimma, a two-time MLA from BSP, from the Bhadaur Reserve seat.
The two youth candidates nominated by the party are Birenderjit Singh Pahra (Gurdaspur) and Daman Thind Bajwa (Sunam).
Daman and Karan Brar are the two women in this list, taking the total number of women candidates declared so far by the party to eight.
The list also has stamp of Amarinder’s other diktat -- that seats of sitting MLAs from general seats will not be changed. The four other sitting MLAs who have been retained in the second list will defend their own turfs.
The Central Election Committee (CEC) of the Congress had on Tuesday finalised 25 candidates in the second round, but it announced names of only 16 of them.
Steering clear of MLAs and leaders who have joined the Congress from SAD and seats where it has yet to reach a consensus on the candidate, the party has however fielded more leaders from erstwhile People’s Party of Punjab whose chief Manpreet Badal is now the Congress candidate from Bathinda (urban). Former PPP leaders Harwinder Singh Laddi and Darshan Singh have found a place in the list along with former BSP MLA Nirmal Singh Nimma.
The seats of former BJP and Akali Dal MLAs -- Navjot Kaur Sidhu, Pargat Singh, Inderbir Bolaria -- do not find a mention, including that of Akali-turned-Congressmen such as Deepinder Dhillon and Harry Mann.
The two lists released so far of 77 candidates in total was largely acceptable to all with hardly any controversy arising. However, it is the remaining 40 seats out of 117, where Captain Amarinder Singh will have to show his political prowess as other senior leaders like Partap Singh Bajwa - considered to be close to Rahul Gandhi are making a strong pitch for their candidates.
Congress second list: All 16 names
Gurdaspur: Barinderjit Singh Pahra
Khem Karan: Sukhpal Singh Bhullar
Bholath: Gurwinder Singh Atwal
Kartarpur (SC) : Chaudhary Surinder Singh
Banga (SC): Dr Satnam Singh Kainth
Balachaur: Chaudhary Darshan Lal Mangepur
Kharar: Jagmohan Singh Kang
Samrala: Amrik Singh Dhillon
Gidderbaha: Amrinder Singh Raja Warring
Malout (SC): Ajaib Singh Bhatti
Muktsar: Karan Kaur Brar
Jaitu (SC): Mohammad Sadique
Bathinda rural (SC): Harvinder Singh Laddi
Sunam: Daman Thind Bajwa
Bhadaur (SC): Nirmal Singh Nimma
Amargarh: Surjeet Singh Dhiman