15032017-TTC-01.qxd 3/15/2017 1:34 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 wednesday, march 15, 2017 late city edition chandigarh | gurgaon | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 137 no. 72 | 26 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd Parrikar is Goa CM, floortesttomorrow Horse power SC Bench rejects Cong plea to stay swearing-in Manipur to get BJP CM today Satya Prakash Tribune News Service Nihangs display their horse-riding skills during Hola Mohalla at Anandpur Sahib on Monday. The festival concluded with a religious procession of Nihangs, coinciding with Holi. Lakhs of devotees paid obeisance at gurdwaras during the festival, which saw Akal Takht and Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib Jathedars participate in a procession. PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN SAD leader, 80, shot dead in Gurdaspur Key accused, retired Col with ‘Cong links’, and advocate son on the run Ravi Dhaliwal Tribune News Service Gurdaspur, March 14 Col Surjit Singh Pherochichi (retd), who had contested the 2012 Assembly elections from Qadian on the PPP ticket, allegedly shot dead 80-yearold Gurbachan Singh Khalsa, vice-president of SAD’s Gurdaspur unit, at his native village of Pherochichi in the Qadian Assembly segment late last evening. The 65-year-old retired officer’s son, Sumeet Singh, is an advocate and his daughter a serving judge. Sumeet reportedly assaulted Khalsa with a hockey stick before his father pulled out a .9 mm pis- Deceased GS Khalsa Accused Col Pherochichi (retd) tol and shot him in the neck. The two are absconding. They have been booked under Section 302 (murder) of the IPC on a complaint filed at the Bhaini Mina Khan police station. Jasdeep Singh, SSP said an accom, plice of the accused, Sajjan Singh, had been detained. Khalsa was jailed along with former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Ujjagar Singh Sekhwan, father of former Akali minister SS Sekhwan, during the Akali Dharam Yudh Morcha in the late Seventies. Enjoy- ing immense respect in the area, district Akali leaders would often turn to him for advice on political matters. Sources said for the past few days, Col Surjit Singh, who was considered close to a Congress leader, had been spitting venom against the Akalis. Khalsa had complained to the police about it. “Ever since the election results on March 11, he had been issuing threats to Akali leaders and supporters. Standing on the roof of his house, a loudspeaker in hand, he would hurl abuses at the Sekhwan family and other leaders. continued on page 11 Capt may take oath with small team Rahul to attend ‘low-key’ affair; Cabinet likely to be expanded later Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service New Delhi, March 14 Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi will attend the March-16 swearing-in ceremony of Capt Amarinder Singh as Chief Minister in Punjab. Rahul agreed to attend the event on a personal invitation extended by Captain here today. The two also discussed the structure of the Cabinet, likely to be inducted in two parts — a small team first, followed by an expansion later. Asha Kumari, Congress incharge of Punjab, told The Tribune: “Cabinet expansion is the prerogative of the Chief Minister. It is up to Capt Amarinder to balance regions, castes, seniority and talent in his Cabinet. He discussed the Capt Amarinder Singh with Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi on Tuesday. composition with the Congress vice-president and a final approval will come from Congress chief Sonia Gandhi soon. We are looking at a small Cabinet first and an expansion later.” Captain is reported to have favoured a low-key swearing-in due to poor finan- cial health of Punjab. On the possibility of Navjot Singh Sidhu taking oath as Deputy CM, Kumari said: “There is no such post in the Constitution. However, it is up to Capt Amarinder to see if he wants a deputy.” It is learnt that Capt Amarinder wants some seniormost MLAs to be sworn in with him and have a full Cabinet later. Brahm Mohindra and Rakesh Pandey, both six-time MLAs, are among the most senior legislators in the state unit. OP Soni and Manpreet Badal are five-time MLAs, while Navjot Sidhu is a fourtime MP and a first-time MLA. Other names under consideration are Tript Rajinder Bajwa, Rana Sodhi, Rana KP and Raj Kumar Verka. Senior Dalit leader Aruna Chaudhry, party’s minority face Razia Sultana, former MP Vijay Inder Singla and Olympian Pargat Singh may also figure among ministers. Sources say there will be 17 ministers, besides the Speaker, Deputy Speaker and a CPS attached to the CM’s office. New Delhi, March 14 Hours after the Supreme Court’s refusal today to stay the swearing-in of Goa BJP legislature party leader Manohar Parrikar, Governor Mridula Sinha administered him oath as the 13th Chief Minister of Goa. However, Parrikar will have to prove his government’s majority in two days with a three-Judge Bench headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar “requesting” the Governor to convene the Assembly on March 16 for a floor test. The Governor had yesterday given 15 days to Parrikar to prove his majority in the 40member Assembly. The Bench, also comprising Justices Ranjan Gogoi and RK Agrawal, said: “The holding of the floor test would remove all possible ambiguities and would result in giving the democratic process the required credibility.” It rejected Goa Congress legislature party leader Chandrakant Kavlekar’s plea that a decision on administering oath should be taken only after a composite floor test. Senior counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi argued that no party had a clear majority and that being the leader of the Tribune News Service Chandigarh, March 14 Pirmal Singh, 37, has braved police batons in front of Capt Amarinder Singh’s New Moti Mahal, set himself on fire at Parkash Singh Badal’s Lambi village and climbed atop a water tank in Badal’s pocket borough of Bathinda — all for a Rs 10,000-a-month job. The unemployed lineman from Barnala’s Dhaula village, who once “broke the law” as a protester to secure a Class-III job for himself and 5,000 others, will now sit in front of the “Maharaja” and Badal as an Aam Aadmi Party lawmaker from Bhadaur. Pirmal, who has seen jail five times in the past seven years and has observed fastunto-death thrice to protest the state’s failure to generate enough jobs, defeated Akalis’ Balbir Singh Ghunas and Congress’ Joginder Singh Punjgrain, both MLAs in the outgoing Assembly. The face of unemployed linemen agitation over the past 11 years, Pirmal took to Pirmal Singh agitation in 2006 when he was denied a job by Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) despite having completed two-year apprenticeship with the corporation. “While a regular lineman got around Rs 20,000 per month those days, we were ready to work at half the salary. In Patiala, police rained ‘lathis’ on us,” says Primal, who heads the Unemployed Linemen Union having 5,000 members. In 2009, when union members were burning effigies of the Badal government at Lambi, Pirmal poured kerosene over himself and jumped over the burning effigies. “I suffered burns on the lower limbs. The next year, I climbed atop a water tank in Today’s issue is of 26 pages, including four-page Jobs and Careers and four-page Bathinda Tribune. Tribune News Service Newly sworn-in Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar being greeted by BJP chief Amit Shah and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari. AFP ONLY 2 BJP MINISTERS IN PARRIKAR’S TEAM Manohar Parrikar took oath along with nine ministers. Only two of them belong to the BJP, while three are from Goa Forward Party, two from the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and two Independents. All of them will be allotted portfolios after the floor test. largest party with 17 MLAs, Kavlekar deserved to be invited to form the next government in Goa. Singhvi’s submissions were opposed by senior advocate Harish Salve and Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh. The BJP which won 13 seats, , claims to have the support of three MLAs each of Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and Goa Forward Party as well as of two Independents, taking the number to 21. The Supreme Court said it could not take away the Gover- New Delhi: The Inter-State River Water Disputes (Amendment) Bill 2017, which seeks to create a single tribunal for adjudicating inter-state water disputes, subsuming the existing tribunals, was introduced by Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, amid opposition that water being a state subject, the Centre was “overstepping” constitutional limits. The minister rejected the argument, saying the Bill was necessary in times when states were increasingly refusing to honour the awards of multiple existing tribunals. PAGE 11 Patiala: CM-designate Capt Amarinder Singh's mother Rajmata Mohinder Kaur (94) was on Tuesday admitted to a private hospital after she suffered a haemorrhage. According to her family members, her condition is stable. Rajmata's husband, late Maharaja Yadavindra Singh, ruled the princely state of Patiala from 1938 to 1974. TNS HP BOARD CLASS XII PAPERS CANCELLED The Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education has cancelled physics and computer science exams of Class XII after question papers were stolen from Nichar Senior Secondary School in Kinnaur. The principal and centre superintendent were among those suspended. PAGE 12 Face of linemen job protests to keep at it as MLA Amaninder Pal Bijay Sankar Bora Bill on permanent water tribunal in LS AMARINDER'S MOTHER HOSPITALISED Bathinda carrying kerosene. We came down only after being assured jobs.” He was among around 1,000 linemen who were employed by the PSPCL after a long agitation. “However, I continued to struggle for 4,000 unemployed linemen. I was sent to jail for the fourth time in 2012 and my services were terminated.” Pirmal says his “only wish is jobs for youths without resorting to protests. As an MLA, I’ll keep reminding Capt Amarinder of his promise of a job to each household”. N Biren Singh to be CM nor’s power to appoint the CM. It took note of the fact that the petitioner had neither staked claim to form the government, nor disputed that the numbers were in favour of the BJP “You . have cited all irrelevant judgments… You want a floor test before swearing-in... You don’t even have the affidavits of the members supporting you,” it said. Challenging the Governor’s decision, Kavlekar said the Governor was duty-bound to invite him, the leader of the largest party. edit: the battle for goa Guwahati, March 14 Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla today invited the BJP led by Nongthombam Biren Singh to form the next government. The swearing-in will take place tomorrow. The Governor said the BJP had been invited on the basis of its claim of having support of the “requisite number” of legislators in the 60-member House. She said everything would become clear when the new CM takes oath. The Governor said the government would be asked to prove its majority on the floor of the House at the earliest in the greater interest of the state. The BJP which has 21 , MLAs, had on Monday announced Biren Singh as its CM candidate after he was elected unopposed as leader of the BJP legislature party. The BJP has claimed support of four MLAs each of the Naga People’s Front and the Nationalist People’s Party, one MLA each of LJP and AITMC, besides the lone Independent. The party also claimed support of a Congress MLA. On Monday, Congress’ Okram Ibobi Singh quit as CM. Mehbooba’s brother is LS bypoll candidate Jammu: The Political Affairs Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party has given its nod to the candidature of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s brother Tassaduq Mufti and Nazir Ahmed Khan for the byelections to the Anantnag and Srinagar Lok Sabha seats, respectively. The Anantnag seat was held by Mehbooba, which she vacated to become the CM after her father’s death. PAGE 13
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