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Punjab Elections : Brutal Twitter war between Amarinder Singh and Arvind Kejriwal
29.12.16 - TEAM PT
Punjab Elections : Brutal Twitter war between Amarinder Singh and Arvind Kejriwal



Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal were engaged in a war of words on Twitter with the former daring the AAP chief to contest against him in the upcoming Punjab polls.
 
It all started After  Kejriwal announced Jarnail Singh as Lambi candidate against Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in the upcoming Punjab state elections, Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh in a tweet hit out at the AAP and alleged collusion between the AAP and the SAD .
 
Amarinder Singh stated that the move is going to ensure a victory to the Badals.

"Jarnail's nomination bid from Lambi shows AAP-SAD collusion to ensure Badal's victory. Reeks of an underhand deal!" the PCC chief tweeted.

 
 Kejriwal replied by saying, "Sir, r u fighting against Prakash Badal ji or Sukhbir Badal or Majithia or safe seat?"

 

Hitting back at AAP chief, Amrinder Singh wrote, "Badals’ story is over. You tell me where you’re contesting from and I will come fight you there!”

 

The AAP chief replied:

  

Amarinder shot back saying:


 

 Kejriwal then replied that he was not contesting Punjab polls and was only seeking to free Punjab from the menace of drugs mafia allegedly patronised by the present dispensation.


Following this Amarinder demanded an apology from him for making "false personal commitments".
 

 Punjab Assembly elections are slated for early next year and the announcement of its schedule is likely soon.
 




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Punjab Congress protests over 22 backdoor appointments in Intelligence Wing
28.12.16 - TEAM PT
Punjab Congress protests over 22 backdoor appointments in Intelligence Wing



The Punjab Congress has vehemently protested against the backdrop recruitment of 22 employees in the Intelligence Wing in violation of all norms.
 
Addressing mediapersons here on Wednesday, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) vice president Sunil Jakhar produced documents showing that the Additional Director General Intelligence Wing had appointed 22 persons to the post of Intelligence Assistants in the rank of Constable and even hastily ordered their postings to border areas.
 
Of the new recruitees, 21 hailed from Sukhbir Badal’s Jalalabad constituency while one belonged to Abohar, said Jakhar. Among the beneficiaries are Arniwala Nagar Panchayat president Sukhdev Singh Arniwala, SAD SC Wing president Pyara Singh, SAD Arniwala Circle president Nishan Singh and son of Kaur Singh, who is SGPC member and resident of Bahavwala, a village near Abohar.  
 
Former CLP leader Jakhar said Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal had thrown all norms of propriety to the winds in making these appointments in total violation of administrative rules shortly before the code of conduct was expected to be imposed in the state, thus breaking all records of unethical behaviour. He said the party will approach the Election Commission and the state Governor to cancel the appointments.
 
Jakhar alleged that in the guise of police recruitment, the government had minted money from more than 6.5 lakh unemployed youth though less than 7000 policeman had to be recruited. While the rest of the appointments were still pending, Sukhbir Badal, on 22nd December, got the recruitment in border areas done to give undue advantage to SAD workers, said Jakhar, adding that this was ironical since anyone associated with the ruling SAD could not be expected to check any irregular activity in the border areas.
 
Jakhar pointed out that of the 12 teachers and one van driver killed in a road accident due to fog in Fazilka recently, family members of six only had been given government jobs so far, while in this instance the government has shown undue haste to appoint sons of political workers. He said that seeing the end of the Akali rule, Sukhbir was now going door to door to appease angry party workers and wooing them with plum postings.
 
Referring to the atta-dal scheme of the Badal government, Jakhar challenged the advertisements in which the government claimed to have provide atta and dal to 41 lakh beneficiaries, and said the last time these people got the material was in April 2014. After first making false promises, the government was now rubbing salt into the wounds of the people by making such claims, he added.
 
The government, he said, had even failed to provide scholarships worth Rs. 500 crores to Dalit students for the past three years despite promises on this count. In fact, several institutions have been forced to shut down due to the government’s failure to release the scholarship grant, he added.
 
Jakhar demanded immediate imposition of the Code of Conduct by the Election Commission to prevent such violation of norms and also called for cancellation of the Intelligence Wing appointments.




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Punjab a peaceful state, don’t try to malign it's image: SAD To Amarinder
28.12.16 - TEAM PT
Punjab a peaceful state, don’t try to malign it's image: SAD To Amarinder



The Shiromani Akali Dal today hit back at PPCC Chief Capt Amarinder Singh for trying to defame the state with his claim that ‘situation in the state has deteriorated to unprecedented levels’ and said that Punjab is a peaceful state and he need to panic to some unwarranted incidents.
 
In a statement released from the party head office here today, the SAD Secretary and Spokesman Daljit Singh Cheema said that though occurrence of any violent incident is unfortunate in the state, but situation is not such as the PPCC Chief has sought to paint. He said that his claim of SAD-BJP combine government ‘allowing armed goons to terrorize the people in the run up  to the polls to pressurize them to vote for Akali Dal’ is totally false, baseless and aimed  at maligning  the image of the state.

The SAD leader said that it was rather surprising that the Amarinder sees voting in every thing which happens in the state. He reminded the former CM that Punjab has a history of peaceful polling and never any major incident of violence has occurred during the electioneering period in the state.

He said that by issuing baseless statements the Congress leader is trying to threaten the Punjab police force as  it is his trademark politics and he uses this old tactics since long. He reminded the former CM that the crime rate of the state depicts that the Punjab Police is doing its duty with full devotion. He urged the Captain Amarinder to desist from threatening the police officials who are pursuing their bona fide duty.

Cheema further said that from the actions of Amarinder it appears that the former CM has already sensed  crushing defeat at the hands of the SAD-BJP combine. He said that the mood of the voters is indicative of the fact that they have made up their mind to repeat those who had contributed to unprecedented development of the state and worked for the upliftment of the society as whole with a number of welfare schemes and it is non other than the SAD-BJP combine.

Cheema urged Amarinder that instead of trying to malign the image of the state, he should start working sincerely for the  glorification of the state and accept that the state has made remarkable development during the last 10 year rule of the SAD-BJP combine.




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Those guilty of sacrilege, other crimes will be thrown into jail: Capt Amarinder
27.12.16 - TEAM PT
Those guilty of sacrilege, other crimes will be thrown into jail: Capt Amarinder



Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday vowed to put behind bars all those found guilty of religious sacrilege and other crimes against the people of Punjab, even as he made it clear that not a single subsidy would be withdrawn after his party comes to power in the state.
 
Addressing a huge gathering of people at the annual Jor Mela here, Amarinder condemned the spate of incidents of sacrilege in Punab in recent months, saying such religious attacks would not tolerated and those responsible for these incidents would be punished.
 
Citing incidents of burning and tearing of the holy texts, such as Guru Granth Sahib, the Bhagwad Geeta, Quran Sharif etc, and the sacrilege and police firing in Bargadi, he said these underlined the state of lawlessness and communal polarization into which Punjab had been plunged during the Badal regime.
 
Captain appealed to the people to vote for the Congress to save the state from the Badals and Bikram Singh Majithia, who were only interested in promoting their own interests and filling their pockets. He questioned where the Badals had got the money for Sukhvilas and other personal projects and businesses.
 
Accusing Majithia of selling drugs, Amrinder said he and the Badals had ruined an entire generation of youth in Punjab. The drugs problem was so widespread that in his former Lok Sabha constituency of Amritsar there were many villages without a single surviving male member as all had fallen victim to Chitta, he revealed.
 
Deprived of employment and jobs, the youth were being pushed into drugs by the Badals and Majithia who were patronizing the state’s drugs mafia, said Captain.
 
He also attacked the Badals over the 300-odd political appointments made in the past few days in violation of all norms, in a bid to place their own people in plum positions ahead of the imposition of the code of conduct.
 
Amarinder asserted that not a single public subsidy would be withdrawn by his government after coming to power. The next Congress government would not only continue to give free power to the farm sector but will also reduce the power tariff for the industrial and commercial consumers.
 
Reiterating his promise not to allow a single drop of water to go out of Punjab, Amarinder declared, "The Akali government led by Parkash Singh Badal failed to protect the state’s rights in the SYL case but I will fight on it till my last breath.”
 
Pointing to the series of farmer suicides, as well as the industrial collapse in the state, He reiterated that he would waive off all the debts of the farmers and ensure the revival of the industries. He lambasted the Badals for scrapping the mega project scheme he had launched as chief minister to generate jobs for the youth and promote industrial development in Punjab.
 
Capt. promised the people that all their woes would be addressed in the Congress manifesto, which was under preparation for the last one year with inputs being taken from all sections of Punjab’s populace.
 
He also promised the people of Fategarh Sahib that their long-pending demand for the construction of a bus stand in the area would be fulfilled by his government after the Assembly elections.
 
Amarinder was joined on this occasion by several Punjab Congress MLAs, including Kuljit Nagra, Balbir Singh Sidhu, Gurkirat Kotli, Randeep Nabha, Sadhu Singh Dharmsot, Jagmohan Singh Kang and Amrik Dhillon.

All the Congress leaders appealed to the gathering to strengthen the hands of Capt Amarinder Singh to bring Punjab back to its golden age.
 
Fatehgarh Sahib MLA Kuljit Nagra flayed the Badals for ruling Punjab like dictators, saying even women and elderly were not safe in the `zulmi raj’ of the father-son duo. Only Captain Amarinder can teach a lesson to the likes of the Badals and Majithia, who deserve nothing less than being thrown into jail, he added.
 
Expressing concern over the mushrooming of liquor vends in the vicinity of a sacred place like Fatehgarh Sahib, he urged Captain Amarinder to close down all such vends after coming to power.




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Captain urges EC to ensure stringent implementation of directives on firearms
27.12.16 - TEAM PT
Captain urges EC to ensure stringent implementation of directives on firearms



Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday urged the Election Commission to direct the Punjab Police to immediately crack down on the proliferation of firearms in the state, which had been plunged into total lawlessness ahead of the assembly elections.
 
Reacting strongly to a series of incidents of violence that took place across Punjab on Monday, including a firing incident that left one dead and two injured, Captain said the situation in the state had deteriorated to unprecedented levels and urged the EC to intervene to prevent the crisis from escalating. He appealed to the EC to ensure that its directives on firearms were stringently implemented, while once again calling for immediate imposition of the code of conduct to maintain law and order in the state.
 
Pointing out that the Punjab police had failed to ensure surrender of all firearms as per the EC directives, he said it seemed to be a deliberate ploy, instigated by the Badal government, to allow armed goons to terrorise the people in the run-up to the polls to pressurize them to vote for the Akali Dal.
 
The firing incident was related to a land dispute, as was another incident in Kapurthala in which nine women were injured in an acid attack. Amarinder said the ruthlessness with which the assailants unleashed violence in both the incidents was indicative of the complete absence of fear among the goondas and the ruffians in the state, who appeared to be oblivious to any dread of the police.
 
Captain said these incidents showed total lack of law and order in the state under the Badal regime, which had given a free run to armed gangs, criminals and mafias to unleash their terror on the people of Punjab. Even the state DGP was on record saying that as many as 52 armed gangs were active in Punjab, said Amarinder.
 
He noted that even after the killing of a woman dancer in celebratory firing in Bathinda district earlier this month, the police had failed to take any action to seize the firearms that seemed to be circulating in abundance through the state.
 
Amarinder further pointed out that strong and categorical directives by the Supreme Court on possession and sale of acid, the Badal government had failed to curb the same, leading to incidents of acid attacks, which could easily have otherwise been prevented.




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