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Cash carrying limit in Punjab fixed by Chief Electoral Officer
04.01.17 - TEAM PT
Cash carrying limit in Punjab fixed by Chief Electoral Officer



The chief Electoral Officer Punjab, Mr. V.K.Singh, today said that cash carrying limit has been fixed up to 50,000 if a person is carrying more than the allowed amount was liable to action. Static Surveillance teams and flying squads have been operational all across the state to check the misuse of money power, liquor and narcotics.
 
Singh today issued directions to all heads of the departments and deputy commissioners of the state to strictly implement Model Code of Conduct and ensure its compliance in letter and spirit. Mr. Singh earlier had a video conference with the deputy commissioners and issued these directions while reviewing the preparations for the Punjab Assembly Election -2017.

Briefing the media, Mr. Singh said that the elections to 117 assembly constituencies in Punjab would be held on February 4, 2017(Sat). Last date for making nominations would be January 18, 2017(Wed) while scrutiny of nominations would be done on January, 19 (Thu). The date of withdrawal of candidature has been fixed on January 21, 2017(Sat) whereas date of counting has been fixed for March 11, 2017(Sat).
 
Giving the highlights, Mr. Singh said that it is for the first time that 35 high profile and sensitive constituencies would have EVM Machines attached with VVPAT in which every vote cast would have a printed record. He said that ECI was committed to ensure free and fair polls in the state for which to Apps i.e. Samadhan and Suvidha have been launched and the complaints registered in Samadhan would be redressed within 24 hours.  In another IT App Suvidha, candidates can apply for various permissions for rallies etc which would be dealt on line within 24 hours.
 
He further said that adequate security forces have been deployed for conducting free and fair electoral process in the state. More than 100 observers have been stationed in the state during elections and they would be reaching the state on January 18, 2017 to oversee the poll process.




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Navjot Singh Sidhu will tentatively contest from Amritsar East: Wife
04.01.17 - TEAM PT
Navjot Singh Sidhu will tentatively contest from Amritsar East: Wife



Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu may contest the Punjab Assembly elections from Amritsar East, according to his wife Dr. Navjot Kaur who recently joined the Congress party. "He (Navjot Singh Sidhu) will tentatively contest Assembly elections from Amritsar East.”
 
Dr Sidhu said that the cricketer-turned-politician will be reaching Amritsar as soon as the ticket is announced, minutes after the Election Commission declared the dates for the assembly polls for the northern state.
 
"Navjot Singh Sidhu is in regular touch with Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and PPCC chief Captain Amarinder Singh. Various rounds of meetings have taken place with the top brass of the Congress. They are preparing an itinerary for Sidhu and whenever they say, Sidhu will join Congress,” she said.
 
"The party high command and senior leadership are going ahead very cautiously and want to weed out the threat of rebel factor at an early stage. So before announcing another list, the party high command is talking to possible rebels and pacify them by showing surveys and other elements kept in mind by the party,” she said explaining the delay in the announcement from the Congress.

Election Commission on Wednesday announced the poll schedule for Punjab Assembly Elections.Punjab will go to polls on February 4. 

Counting of Punjab elections will be held on March 11.
 
Both Sidhu and his wife had quit the BJP last year over differences with the top leadership. Navjot Kaur, who hails from Patiala, contested on a BJP ticket and won in 2012. She was also the Chief Parliamentary Secretary in the current Akali-BJP government but later quit the party in October.

Sidhu, who had represented Amritsar in the Lok Sabha between 2004 and 2014, had accused BJP of using him as a "decorative piece” and trying to keep him out of Punjab.

After resigning from the BJP, Sidhu had also formed a new political front in Punjab with India’s former hockey captain Pargat Singh and Punjab MLAs Simarjit Singh Bains and Balwant Singh Bains. He had named the front, Aawaaz-e-Punjab”.




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