13032017-ATR-01.qxd 3/13/2017 12:19 AM Page 1 c m y b MONDAY | 13 MARCH 2017 | amritsar PITFALLS OF FAME Disney training stars to cope with success. AMRITSARTRIBUNE MALL ROAD: ENCROACHMENTS BY DEPT TO CONDUCT PROBE Þ PAGE 2 Þ PAGE 2 Þ SUNNY SUICIDE CASE: INVESTIGATION BIGWIGS IRK RESIDENTS PAGE 3 22° MAXIMUM 08° MINIMUM Manmeet Singh Gill Mystery shrouds Army man’s death Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Six Congress MLAs in race for Cabinet berth Amritsar, March 12 With Congress winning 10 out of the 11 seats in the Assembly elections and six of the winners being senior leaders, besides more than three times MLA, it will be hard for the party high command to choose from among them while constituting the Cabinet. The senior party leaders, who won election this time, include five times MLA OP Soni, four times MLA and former vice-chairman of the National SC Commission, Raj Kumar Verka, three times MP and now MLA Navjot Singh Sidhu, three times MLA and former Chief Parliamentary Secretary (CPS) Inderbir Singh Bolaria, three times MLA Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria and two times MLA Harpartap Singh Ajnala. The later two — Sarkaria and Ajnala — are also prominent leaders of the Jat Maha Sabha, whose president is Captain Amarinder Singh. The two had been constantly seen with the Chief Minister designate Captain Amarinder during his rallies across the state. Captain has already stated: “The decision to appoint Navjot Singh Sidhu as Deputy Chief Minister or not has to be taken by the party high command.” Meanwhile, OP Soni, who contested against Sidhu in Lok Sabha twice, too, was staking claims to the post as Raj Kumar Verka Inderbir Singh Bolaria Former Member of Parliament and now MLA Navjot Singh Sidhu is a strong contender for Deputy Chief Minister’s post; and (right) the Congress cannot ignore five-time MLA OP Soni, who is also in the race for a place in the Cabinet. he had won poll for the record fifth time. Soni has been continuously in the state legislative Assembly since 1997 when he won as an Independent candidate. Sidhu on the other hand being a former national leader of the BJP would be difficult to handle if a prominent position was not given to him, said local political observers. Three times MLA Raj Kumar Verka is also considered as a prominent Dalit leader. It will be hard for the party to ignore him for a Cabinet berth especially when SAD accommodated its Dalit leader Gulzar Singh Ranike in its Cabinet. All the other three Dalit MLAs in the entire Majha region — Sukhwinder Singh Danny from Jandiala, Tarsem Singh DC from Attari and Balwinder Singh Laddi from Sri Hargobindpur — are the first timers. The fourth MLA Aruna Chaudhary from Dinanagar has also won elections thrice till date, but Raj Kumar Verka having experience of being vice-chief of the SC panel has more chances of getting a berth in the state Cabinet. “The four MLAs from nearby Tarn Taran district have less chance of getting inducted in the Cabinet as three of them are first times and the fourth one is a second timer, who most probably can be adjusted as a CPS,” said party sources. Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria Harpartap Singh Ajnala Amritsar, March 12 The death of an Army person, identified as Nishan Singh, a resident of the cantonment area here, has become a puzzle for the authorities concerned. Nishan’s body was found in his car in the Kot Khalsa area yesterday. A postmortem examination of his body was conducted at the Government Medical College here today. A medical board comprising two doctors from the Forensic Department was constituted for the purpose. Gurjit Singh, in charge, Kot Khalsa police chowki and investigating officer in the case, said there was no breakthrough so far. He said the police had initiated action under the Criminal Procedure Code for time being. “Action will be taken accordingly as soon as we get the postmortem examination report,” said Gurjit. Nishan was found dead in his car at the Kot Khalsa railway crossing yesterday. The incident came to light when the people saw the car, which remained parked near the crossing for a long time. When they asked the driver to move the car, he did not respond and was found dead. They immediately informed the police. The deceased was later identified as Nishan Singh, a Lance Naik in the Army. He was living in the Cantonment area. The police informed the Army authorities about his death, which also reached the spot and carried out investigation. It is suspected that Nishan may have been poisoned to death. However, the police authorities said they could not say anything at the moment as the autopsy report was awaited. Further investigation was under progress, police official added. Goldsmith’s shop burgled Amritsar, March 12 Unknown persons broke into a goldsmith shop, located on the Chogawan road in Ajnala, on the intervening night of March 10-11 and decamped with gold and silver jewellery worth Rs 3.25 lakh. Narinder Singh, a resident of Fatehgarh Churian, stated to the police that he downed shutters of his establishment in the evening on March 10 as usual. However, he found a big hole on the backside wall when he opened his shop next day. Narinder said accused decamped with gold ornaments weighing 60 gm, 4 kg of new silver, 2 kg of old silver and Rs 7,500 in cash. The Ajnala police has registered a case under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC in this regard. — TNS ‘Anti-incumbency, failure to raise No space for political satire: Marasis people’s concerns led to BJP debacle’ Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 12 A day after the Saffron party’s debacle in the Assembly poll, whose result was out yesterday, leaders opine that the anti-incumbency factor was the major reason for the dismal performance of the BJP . Besides, a number of party leaders also pointed out that their counterparts did not raise issues concerning the people in the Cabinet. They stated that party leaders remained a second fiddle rather than playing a constructive role as an alliance partner in the SAD-BJP combine. Out of the five seats in the urban segment, the party lost all its four seats, including Amritsar (North), Amritsar (Central), Amritsar (West) and Amritsar (East). Even Cabinet Minister Anil Joshi, who was sure of retaining his seat from the Amrit- sar (North), on the basis of carrying out a number of development works in his area, lost the election. Joshi, who held the Local Bodies charge, was often criticised for ignoring the state for the sake of his own constituency. Veteran BJP leader Lakshami Kanta Chawla was blunt in her opinion. She said failure to take up issues of the public in the Cabinet or with the government was a big mistake. They never opposed so called development projects, which hit the common man and traders badly, she added. Chawla said, “I think the government remained busy in constructing memorials and failed to address real public issues. The beneficiaries did not get ‘atta’ (flour) and ‘dal’ (pulses) from ration depots as promised under the Atta-Dal Scheme,” she added. The party leaders preferred to tag along Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal rather than raising a finger on his various projects, she said. Citing an example, Chawla added that, “The BRTS project has failed badly while Heritage Street benefitted none. Such projects have hit shopkeepers and small-time traders hard.” She said demonetisation could also be one of the reasons in the humiliating defeat of the BJP Corruption . by the state-level party leaders and the drug menace also led to its debacle. Dr Baldev Raj Chawla, another senior BJP leader, however, opined that the antiincumbency factor was the main reason for the party’s defeat. He said the SAD-BJP government remained in power for 10 years. It was but natural that people wanted a change, he said while adding that, “Therefore, a strong anti-incumbency factor is Drenched in festivity there.” He said, “I personally don’t believe demonetisation has any impact on voters’ mind otherwise party would not have won in Uttar Pradesh and Uttrakhand in an emphatic manner. We also fared well enough in Manipur and Goa.” Allegations of corruption and drug peddling on certain leaders were also behind dismal party results in Punjab, he added. Rajesh Honey, district BJP chief, who also lost to cricketer-turned politician Navjot Singh Sidhu with a big margin also held anti- incumbency factor as major player in the party’s defeat. He said, “It’s time to ponder over possible reasons behind party’s loss and remove them before the next Lok Sabha elections scheduled for 2019. The party will try to connect with the people and strengthen its base.” Amritsar, March 12 There is a rich tradition of dissent through humor in Punjab. Mardane Ke (Marasis) used to present political satire during the rule of Mahraja Ranjit Singh, whose reign lasted from 1780 to 1839. With the change of political setup from kingship to democracy, Nakaliye and Raasdharis avoid to comment on political issues. During Holi festival celebrations at Gobindgarh Fort, Sadhu Khan and Kushi Mohammed, both Nakaliyas, presented their art. They shared tales of gurus, bhagats and social heroes. Sadhu Khan feels that intolerance is on the rise in every society during modern times. “Earlier we used to make humorous commentary on various castes. Now, people have glorified their class and do not allow anyone to comment on it,” Sadhu Khan and Kushi Mohammed, both Nakaliyas, who presented their art during Holi celebrations, at Gobindgarh Fort in Amritsar. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH said Khan. While sharing his views, Kushi Mohammad said, “According to a well known tale of Maharaja Ranjit Singh once a person entered in to a bet with a Marasi that no one can call Maharaja as “one eyed” man. An eye of the king got damaged due to chickenpox during his childhood days. Marasi went to Darbar of the Maharaja and requested him to give one minute to praise him. When Ranjit Singh obliged, the Marasi said, “Teri iko akh sulakhani jehri chamkan mare. Tainu jhuk jhuk karan salam do akhan wale.” (You are a one-eyed blessed man in front of whom even two-eyed men bow). Mohammad said, “Now you can’t comment on any local level leader. Our profession has been affected by this intolerance. Now, we share only tales of heroes like Puran Bhagat and Raja Rasalu.” Sadhu Khan and Kushi Mohammad belong to Ganour village in Sangrur district, which is famous for nakals and raas (opera). Insurance firm to pay ~4.20 lakh to complainant The claim for vehicle involved in accident was repudiated by National Insurance Company Tribune News Service Devotees covered with coloured powder carry an idol of Lord Krishna during Holi celebrations at Durgiana Temple in Amritsar on Sunday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR Amritsar, March 12 The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed an insurance company to pay Rs 4,20,674 as claim for a vehicle repair and Rs 2,000 as litigation expenses. Earlier, the claim was refused on the basis of a preliminary inspection report submitted by the company appointed surveyor. A local resident, Ramesh Chaudhary, had filed a complaint against National Insurance Company stating that his car was insured c m y b with the opposite party and unfortunately it met with an accident during validity of the policy. He said when the vehicle was sent to a repair centre, a surveyor of the insurance company estimated the loss to be at Rs 1,60,000. He stated that later, when the vehicle was opened further damages were found and the total cost of repair of escalated to Rs 4,20,674. Chaudhary said when he requested the surveyor to conduct an inspection again he failed to visit the repair centre. He inspected the vehicle after it was repaired and that too in complainant’s absence. Chaudhary stated that when he filed his claim along with the supporting documents, including bills for the repair, it was repudiated by the opposite party. An favourable report from the surveyor in support of the opposite party was obtained on the basis of which the loss was assessed at only Rs 77,103. The opposite party in its reply stated that the complainant submitted an estimate of Rs 1,57,600 and the independent surveyor finally prepared his report assessing the loss to the tune of Rs 77,103 as per motor policy. The plea now taken by the complainant that subsequently, the cost of said repairs came to Rs 4,20,674 regarding which additional estimate was given to surveyor was totally wrong, stated the insurance firm. The complainant, however, submitted that at first the vehicle was not dismantled and estimate was prepared on visual inspection. After dismantling, a number of parts were found damaged. The forum observed that the opposite party had assessed the loss at Rs 77,103, which was arbitrary on part of the opposite party, without considering bills and certificate issued by the repair centre. Hence, the genuine claim of the complainant had not been assessed by the opposite party in connivance with the surveyor. The forum stated that the insurance company was liable to pay the claim as per the expenses incurred by the complainant.
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