13032017-JTR-01.qxd 3/13/2017 12:57 AM Page 1 c m y b MONDAY | 13 MARCH 2017| jalandhar JALANDHARTRIBUNE POLL RESULTS: REAL ESTATE DEALERS EXPECT BOOM Þ PAGE 2 PHAGWARA: WILL CONTINUE TO WORK FOR DEVELOPMENT, SAYS SOM PRAKASH Þ PAGE 2 Former Congress minister Avtar Henry, along with his supporters, celebrates his party’s victory in Jalandhar on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 12 The winning candidates, who made it to the Punjab Legislative Assembly from Jalandhar, remained busy today thanking their sup- porters and well-wishers and also receiving congratulations from the latter. Since the Congress party had organised a meeting at Chandigarh to choose the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader, the newly elect- ed Congress MLAs headed off to the state capital. The winners said they were committed to fulfiling the promises they had made before the elections and would carry out various development works in their EDU MIN JINX CONTINUES WITH DR CHEEMA’S LOSS Teacher unions blame it on poor govt policies Aparn Banerji FACT FILE Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 12 Saade Punjab de sabka maanyog sikhiya mantri Daljit Singh Cheema chunavi prikhiya vich 31,903 ank haasal karke buri tarah fail hoe han. Hun eslayi ohnan di jawadehi vi puchni bandi hai te ohnan lai remedial coaching da vi prabandh karna banda hai.... (Our Punjab’s former respected Education Minister Daljit Singh Cheema has failed in the election exam by getting 31,903 marks. Now, it is imperative to ask him the cause of the failure and also provide him remedial coaching). Posts like these trend on various social networking sites after the debacle of Education Minister Dr Daljit Singh Cheema in the Rupnagar Assembly constituency on Saturday. While antiincumbency had been evident for the SAD, Dr Cheema was at the receiving end of the teaching community in the state. Gaining notoriety for a record number of agitations and anti-teacher crack- ❙ ❙ ❙ Daljit Singh Cheema lost the Rupnagar constituency by a record margin of 27,091 votes to AAP’s Amarjit Singh Sandoa. A record number of agitations and crackdowns on teachers marked Cheema’s regime. Teachers were also agitated over the nonimplementation of the regularisation policy. downs during his tenure, Cheema, however, was yet another state Education Minister who suffered from the jinx of his ministry. He is the third Akali and last in a long list of education ministers of the state (including Congress ministers) who lost the elections subsequent to their bagging the ministry. Among Akali education ministers, he was preceded by Sikander Singh Maluka and earlier by Bibi Upinderjit Kaur, who both lost their respective elections after securing the educational ministerial position. Cheema himself lost the Rupnagar constituency by a record margin of 27,091 votes. While AAP’s Amarjit Singh Sandoa won from the constituency by getting 58,994 votes, Congress’ Brinder Singh Dhillon was the runner-up, getting 35,287 votes and SAD’s education minister Dr Daljit Singh Cheema came third with 31,903 votes in his favour. While teachers spent even the election season demanding regularisation benefits, as per an Act passed by the government right before the state went to the polls, many of them termed Dr Cheema’s loss justice for them. Harjinder Khaira, state committee member of the Sikhiya Providers Union, said, “After Tota Singh, Dr Cheema has been the worst education minister. There were record number of agitations and arrests during continued on page 2 constituencies. Speaking to Jalandhar Tribune, Pargat Singh, newly elected MLA from the Jalandhar Cantonment constituency, said, “I owe my win to the party workers who worked selflessly dur- ing the election campaign to educate the voters about the Congress party’s policies and convinced them to vote for the party. I also give the credit of the win to my family that worked with me in every situation.” On work priority, he said good governance would be the priority and development works would be taken into account. Avtar Henry (Junior), firsttimer MLA, said he enjoyed attending the CLP meeting that took place in Chandigarh today. “It has been a wonderful experience to attend the CLP meeting in Chandigarh,” he added. Like Pargat Singh, Henry said he owed his win to the party workers and his family that worked round the clock to ensure his victory. On work priority he said, “I shall work hard to fulfill the promises made by Capt Amarinder Singh like making Punjab drugs-free and improving the quality of education system in the state.” PAGE 3 Þ CLOUDY 21°C MAXIMUM Winners in city thank voters, promise good governance PITFALLS OF FAME Disney training stars to cope with success. 07°C MINIMUM NRI affairs portfolio sought for Pargat Pargat Singh with his supporters in Jalandhar. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 12 The NRI Body North American Punjabi Association (NAPA) has demanded the NRI affairs portfolio for hockey olympian Pargat Singh who has won from the Jalandhar Cantt constituency by a big margin of votes. In a letter sent to PPCC president Capt Amarinder Singh, NAPA executive director Satnam Singh Chahal said a majority of the Punjabi diaspora was from the Doaba region, so the NRI affairs minister should be from this region and Pargat Singh was the best choice for the job. Chahal also stated in his letter that there were many issues and concerns of the Punjabi diaspora that needed to be addressed by the present government. He demanded that there should be more fast-track courts in the Doaba region to decide the disputes of the Punjabi diaspora at their homes. Chahal added that NAPA had also recommended the names of three Inspector Generals of Police for appointment for NRI affairs which included Gurpreet Deo (IPS), LK Yadav (IPS) and Amit Parsad (IPS). 59 candidates lose security deposits Aparna Banerji FEEDBACK Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 12 While in all, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) lost its security deposits across over two dozen constituencies in the state, in Jalandhar, its candidates lost their deposits in three of the urban constituencies. The AAP candidates from the Jalandhar West, Jalandhar Central and Jalandhar North lost their security deposits. In a clear mandate from the urban voter of the district, the AAP was rejected by the urban voters of Jalandhar. While Jalandhar Cantt also has a substantial urban area under it, the constituency, however, also has a large rural area under it. Notably, all three of these constituencies are those where the Congress registered huge wins. All three of them are also urban constituencies. While AAP candidate Darshan Lal Bhagat lost his security deposit in Jalandhar West, he got 15,364 votes, losing to Congress’ Sushil Kumar Rinku who got 53,983 votes. From Jalandhar Central, AAP candidate Dr Sanjiv Sharma received 15,269 votes, losing his security deposit. He lost to Congress Rajin- Pre-Holi bash Jalandhar Tribune invites feedback from its readers on issues of public concern relating to Jalandhar, Phagwara, Kapurthala and the nearby areas. Readers can email their views to jalandhar.feedback@ gmail.com They can also send their views to: Feedback, Jalandhar Tribune, Sector 29, Chandigarh 160029. Letters sent by post must mention 'Feedback for Jalandhar Tribune' on the envelope and it should be signed and must contain the address and telephone number of the sender. It should not be more than 150 words. BSP PUTS UP POOR SHOW P2 A deserted AAP party office in Jalandhar on Sunday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH der Beri, who bagged 55,518 votes. From Jalandhar North, candidate Gulshan Sharma lost his security deposit, getting 13,386 votes. He lost to Avtar Henry’s son Avtar Sing Junior who had the biggest margin of victory in Jalandhar, receiving 69,715 votes. Barring these, in Jalandhar as many as 59 candidates lost their security deposits (three of these from the AAP). While in Nakodar, six candidates lost their deposits, in Shahkot eight, Kartarpur eight, Jalandhar West five, Jalandhar Central eight, Jalandhar North nine, Jalandhar Cantt six, Adampur five and at Phillaur four candidates lost their security deposits. The largest number of candidates to lose deposits was also in urban constituencies which registered huge victory margins. In Jalandhar, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) failed to perform as per the expectations in this election. Except for state BSP chief Avatar Singh Karimpuri, who got 28,035 votes from the Phillaur constituency, but remained unsuccessful, no other BSP candidate in the district could fetch good number of votes. Poll over, NRIs head to their countries Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 12 With the results of the Punjab Assembly polls now out, NRIs, who were working here as supporters of various candidates across Punjab, have begun going back to their respective countries. A fleet of buses of the Indo-Canadian service, which ferries passengers to the Delhi airport, has been running to full capacity. The staff of the company said the rush had been 10 times more than routine. “The booking has jumped all of a sudden as if the NRIs were waiting for the poll results to be out,” said Amritpal Singh, an NRI Youths enjoy a rain dance before Holi in Jalandhar on Sunday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH c m y b With polls over, a large number of NRIs stand outside the Indo-Canadian Bus Service office in Jalandhar to go back to their countries for work. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH from Beas. “I was here supporting the Congress candidate. Now that he has won and celebrations are over, I am moving back to Kuwait”. Amanpreet Singh, another NRI from Phillaur, said he was heading back to Canada. “I was here to campaign for the AAP candidate. He, somehow, could not make the mark. I was quite hopeful for him and chose to stay back till counting.”
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