Monthly Archives: FEBRUARY 2017
SDO, 2 JEs and Clerk caught with bribe money of Rs.60,000
Punjab Vigilance Bureau today nabbed a Municipal Council Giddarbaha's Engineer/SDO, two JEs and Clerk with bribe money of Rs.60,000.
Vigilance Bureau Spokesperson said that the arrest was made on the complaint of Mr. Ranjit Singh, Contractor, Ms. Green Earth, Builders, Parasram Nagar, Bathinda. In his complaint the contractor said that he possessed a contract of worth Rs.90 lakh for laying pavers in the streets under the jurisdiction of the Municipal Council Giddarbaha and the works of worth Rs.30 lakh has already been completed. He alleged that he has been giving 13 per cent commission to the Municipal Engineer/SDO Parlad, JE Navdeep kumar, JE Gaurav Dhir and Clerk karan Kumar for passing the bills for payment. He alleged that now these accused were demanding 15 per cent commission for passing the bills.
A trap was laid and the office of with the Municipal Council Giddarbaha was raided by a team of Vigilance Bureau. All these accused were present together in the office. During the raid, bribe money of Rs.60,000 were recovered from the accused.
Repoll ordered in 48 polling stations in Punjab on Feb 9 by EC
The Election Commission on Tuesday ordered repolling in 48 polling stations falling in Majitha, Muktsar and Sangrur Assembly segments in Punjab following malfunctioning in the Voter-Verified Audit Paper Trail (VVPAT) EVMs on 4 February. Re-poll would be held on February 9.
Besides, the repolling will also take place at polling stations in Moga and Sardulgarh segments where EVMs displayed the votes polled during mock polls. "The repolling will take place at 48 polling stations because of the malfunctioning in VVPAT on polling day. The repolling will take place on 9 February," Punjab Chief Electoral Officer V K Singh said here on Tuesday.
The EC had used VVPAT for the first time in Punjab at 6,668 polling stations in 33 assembly segments and two segments in Amritsar Lok Sabha seats. During the trial 538 VVPATs were replaced while during polling 187 VVPATs were replaced. Polling was affected at 25 polling stations in Majitha and ten each in Sangrur and Muktsar.
The Election Commission had even sought a report from the state election authorities about the malfunctioning of VVPATs which caused delayed in voting.
Giving further details in this regard, the spokesperson said that the polling stations namely Government Elementary School Mehandipur, Government Elementary School Johal, Government Senior Secondary School Wadala Veeram, Janj Ghar, Rori, FGC Road Majitha, Punjab State Power Corporation Limited, Majitha (Left Wing), Kesra Devi Arya Girl School, Majitha, Punjab State Power Corporation Limited, Majitha (Right Wing), Baba Hardyal Singh Memorial , Child Learn School, Galowali Kullian, Government Elementary School,Marari Kalan, Government Elementary School, Gujjarpura, Govt. Sr. Sec. School, Nag Kalan, Government Elementary School, Kotla Saida, Government Elementary School, Fatubheela, Government Elementary School, Rupowali Kalan, Government Elementary School, Manga Sarai, Elementary School, Panwa would undergo re-poll in Amritsar Parliamentary Constituency.
Giving details on Assembly Polling Station, the spokesman said that Government Elementary School Johal, Government Senior Secondary School Janj Ghar, Rori, EGC Road Majitha, Punjab State Power Corporation Limited, Majitha (Left Wing), Kesra Devi Arya Girl School, Majitha, Punjab State Power Corporation Limited, Majitha (Right Wing), Government Elementary School, Marai Kalan (53), Government Elementary School, Marari Kalan (62),
Government Elementary School, Haria, Govt. Elementary School, Kotla Saida, Government Elementary School, Hride Ram, Government Elementary School, Babowal and Government Elementary School, Panwa would undergo re-poll for Majitha Assembly Constituency.
Giving Details of Moga Polling Station where re-poll has been ordered, the spokesperson said that Government Primary School, Mohalla Sodhia, Moga would undergo re-poll.
In Muktsar Assembly Constituency Government Elementary School, Kaniawali (Right Wing), Government Elementary School, Jandoke (Right Wing), Government Elementary School, Jandoke (Left wing) and Government Elementary School, Wattu, Government Elementary School, Virvian Wali @Kapian Wali (Right Wing), Government Elementary School Burhagujjar (Left Wing), Government Elementary School, Bala Madahar, Government Primary School (Near Nagar Panchayat Office) Bariwala (Left Side) and Y.S. Public School, Thandewala would under go re-poll.
In Sardulgarh Assembly Constituency Korewala Polling Station would undergo re-poll.
Giving details on nine polling stations under Sangrur Assembly Constituency, the spokesperson said that Improvement Trust (Old) Kaula Park (N) Sangrur, Government Ranbir College, Sangrur, GPS Ghabdan, Government Elementary School, Santokhpura, Government Elementary School, Nandgarh (S), Government Elementary School, Gehlan, Government Elementary School, Dialgarh, Government Elementary School, Aloarkh and GSSS Nidampur would under re-poll.
V K Singh also said that necessary arrangements have been made and election material, EVMs, Security and poll staff in adequate numbers have been deputed for this task.
VVPAT generates a receipt and allow people to verify if the vote went in favour of the candidate against whose name the button was pressed on the EVM.
JJ Singh’s behaviour, threat to voters shameful: Capt Amarinder
`Shameful and disgusting’ was how Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday reacted to reports of his opponent from Patiala General JJ Singh’s threat not to do any work, if elected, for those who did not support him in the just concluded assembly polls.
Captain Amarinder termed Singh’s angst against the voters who did not back him as reflective of his lack of propriety and reprehensible disregard of the democratic institution of election, in which he is obviously a misfit. It is not about victory or defeat, but about the probity of the democratic pillars on which our nation stands, said the PPCC president, lashing out at Singh’s obnoxious attitude towards India’s vital institutions.
The Congress chief ministerial candidate said he had faced many a vile opponent in his political career but none who could stoop to such appalling lows. Singh’s behaviour, said Amarinder, was embarrassing for any one who had lived an army career, where "we are all taught to be humble and inspiring people by leadership.”
Dubbing Singh a failure on all counts, Captain said he had refrained from commenting on his opponent’s behaviour earlier, lest it affect the voting pattern. However, Singh’s behaviour was worrying indeed, said Amarinder, who also took to the Facebook to vent his anguish at the deplorable actions of the SAD candidate, who "spent the day after polling going around our colonies be ratting the voters on not voting for him, and threatening them that when he became their MLA he would not forget their disloyalty.”
Describing that as strange behaviour for a would be leader, he said that fortunately for Patiala, the best Singh can hope for is saving his security deposit. "Perhaps that would put at end his political ambitions forever, and save the people from the unstable behaviour he professes, and the army and my fellow ex serviceman from the constant embarrassment of watching his erratic antics,” said Captain Amarinder in his post.
Singh, said the PPCC president, "forgot all what he has learnt in his army career - whether it is a battle of the bullet or the ballot - one must strategies and implement that strategy by suitable tactics. One must be humble and inspire the people with ones leadership. He failed on all accounts.”
"He was exactly what a person going into an election should not be - boisterous, arrogant, abusive, drunk in public, and foolish to a degree. He may have been my opponent, but I too was embarrassed by his behaviour, being from a service which I have always loved,” Amarinder posted.
This brings me to my fear, he said, adding that the government must seriously go into the selection process of our Chiefs. "After General Rodericks interference in the selection process only to keep out Gen Airy, the whole system is now in favour of ' birthday' generals. From Field Marshall Carrippa, General Thimmya to Field Marshall Maneckshaw we now come to JJ Singh! Frankly i thank the almighty that there was no war in his period of heading the army ( if Patiala is any indication of his ability) - that aside, the security of the nation comes first and playing around with a system is certainly to my mind detrimental to the nations security. The services must know that they have the best man on top to lead them. This affects morale, besides in this age of technological warfare we need all round competence and most of all the necessary requisites of fine leadership.”
Maur bomb blame lies on Kejriwal’s shoulders: Capt Amarinder
Blaming AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal squarely for promoting extremist forces such as the Khalistan Commando Force (KCF) in the state, Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday said the Maur bomb blast and the subsequent firing in Bathinda showed that the inoperative terror cells of the Khalistanis were against getting active.
Addressing a press conference here, Amarinder said Kejriwal, who had himself stayed at a KCF extremist’s house in Punjab, was fanning terror forces through his actions, led by the dangerous mix of the AAP extreme left and extreme right ideologies. He warned that Pakistan’s ISI was waiting for such opportunities, triggered by extremist violence in India, to strike at the nation.
Asserting that fascist forces like AAP and the Akali Dal, whose leader Parkash Singh Badal was clearly to blame for the increasing incidents of religious sacrilege in Punjab, Captain said both could go to any extent to grab power.
Capt. Amarinder pointed out that he had been repeatedly warning the Election Commission against the entry of more than 40000 outsiders, brought in by AAP from various states like Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh, but the poll body had failed to take any action.
Even if AAP is not directly involved in the bomb explosion, it was clearly promoting extremist ideology and forces, said Captain in response to a question, saying the blame for the incident went to Kejriwal, who had been encouraging fascism during his poll campaign in the state. Kejriwal obviously does not care who lives or dies, said Captain Amarinder, stressing the need to keep AAP out of Punjab. The AAP leader seemed not to realize the implications of such actions, the Punjab Congress president said, adding that Kejriwal will soon discover that "if you play with fire you are also bound to get burnt.”
According to him, information revealed that two bombs had been planted in Maur to explode during the roadshow of the Congress candidate, but, fortunately, the second one did not go off. He expressed his sympathies with the families of the victim.
The PPCC chief also blamed Badal for promoting fascism in the state, saying he was completely sure that the Akali leader was responsible for the growing incidents of sacrilege in various parts of Punjab. This was not impossible considering that even the RSS was found to be involved in the 1984 riots, he said.