17032017-TTC-01.qxd 3/17/2017 1:23 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 friday, march 17, 2017 chandigarh | gurgaon | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 137 no. 74 | 22 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd Capt starts second innings with team of 9 TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN Parrikarwins floor test, Cong legislator quits Mumbai/Panaji, March 16 The Manohar Parrikar government today proved its majority on the floor of the Goa Assembly by winning the trust vote with the support of 22 legislators in the 40-member House. The Congress, the single largest party with 17 MLAs, suffered a jolt as its legislator Viswajit Rane resigned from the Assembly after refusing to vote against the trust motion defying the party whip. Viswajit, son of Congress veteran and former chief minister Pratap Sinh Rane, said, “I am resigning from the Congress. I am fed up with the party.” He is expected to join the BJP Sources said Rane . might be inducted by Parrikar into his Cabinet immediately. At least two more Congress MLAs are expected to resign from the party and contest as BJP candidates. CHARANJIT SINGH CHANNI ARUNA CHAUDHARY SADHU SINGH DHARAMSOT TRIPT RAJINDER SINGH BAJWA CAPT AMARINDER SINGH BRAHM MOHINDRA RANA GURJIT SINGH MANPREET SINGH BADAL NAVJOT SINGH SIDHU RAZIA SULTANA CABINET MINISTER MOS (INDEPENDENT) CABINET MINISTER CABINET MINISTER CHIEF MINISTER CABINET MINISTER CABINET MINISTER CABINET MINISTER CABINET MINISTER MOS (INDEPENDENT) Technical Education, Industrial Training Higher Education, School Education Forests, Printing & Stationery, Welfare of SCs, BCs Rural Development, Panchayats, Water Supply & Sanitation Home, Justice, Agriculture, Excise & Taxation, Industries Health, Medical Education, Parliamentary Affairs Irrigation, Power Finance, Planning and Employment Generation Local Government, Tourism & Cultural Affairs, Archives PWD (B&R), Social Security, Development of Women & Children First task:Drug task force Rajmeet Singh Tribune News Service Chandigarh, March 16 Capt Amarinder Singh took oath as Punjab’s 26th Chief Minister at a simple ceremony at the Raj Bhawan here today. Seven MLAs were sworn in as Cabinet Ministers and two as Ministers of State with Independent charge. It will be Capt Amarinder’s second stint as CM, having headed a Congress government in 2002-07. The first Cabinet meeting is scheduled for March 18. The CM assured to set up a Special Task Force to eliminate drugs as one of the first steps to be taken. Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh were among those who attended the ceremony. Himachal Pradesh CM Virbhadra Singh, Anand Sharma, Kapil Sibal, Sachin Pilot, Rajiv Shukla and Raj Babbar too were present. Security personnel had a tough time tackling a stream of Congress leaders trying to get through the security cordon. With five-time MLA Brahm Mohindra placed at number two and Navjot Singh Sidhu at number three in the ministry, ahead of Manpreet Singh Badal, all speculation on Sidhu being given the post of Deputy CM has been put to rest, at least for the time being. Patiala seems to have got a lion’s share with the CM and three of his ministers — Mohindra, Sidhu and Sadhu Singh Dharamsot (Nabha) — hailing from the district. Sources said Capt Amarinder had a word with Rahul on portfolios. Sidhu was reportedly keen on getting Excise and Taxation, but the CM chose to keep the portfolio with himself. The CM, accompanied by ministers, later took charge at the Secretariat amid a multifaith prayer ceremony. NAMED IN CITRUS SCAM, IS HORTICULTURE BOSS The seniormost IAS officer in Punjab, Himmat Singh, named in the Citrus Council scam during the previous Congress regime, has been appointed Additional Chief Secretary, Horticulture Department. 18 DCs TRANSFERRED The new government on Thursday transferred 20 IAS officers, including 18 Deputy Commissioners. 12 SSPs SHIFTED TOO It also ordered a major police reshuffle. Two ADGPs and 12 SSPs were among 41 officers transferred. Edit: Capthas team in place Judicial officer puts Haryana cops in spot JAT STIR VIOLENCE Wants independent agency to take over probe Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service Chandigarh, March 16 Haryana judicial officer Manglesh Kumar Choubey has placed the state police in the dock for a shoddy probe into last year’s Jat reservation violence. In an embarrassment to the police, he has suggested that an independent agency be told to look into the matter. During the course of hearing, amicus curiae (friend of the court) Anupam Gupta Dutchsnub far-right,relief acrossEurope The Hague: European leaders breathed a sigh of relief on Thursday as the Dutch plumped for the status quo, voting Liberal Prime Minister Mark Rutte back into power even though the farright shot up into second place. After the Brexit blow and Donald Trump’s victory, the general election was being closely watched across a continent seeking to take the temperature of the rise of populism. The fact that most Dutch voters “rebuked the siren songs of populists may help a little” with polls in France and Germany, experts said. After flirting with putting anti-Islam Geert Wilders at the helm, the Dutch opted for stability. PAGE 15 quoted the Gohana judicial officer’s two reports. He said the outcome of 100 of the 105 cases left no room for doubt that the investigation had not been conducted properly. If justice is to prevail, all such matters must be handed over to an independent agency, one of the reports said. Referring to a status report filed by the Gohana (City) police station, the officer said in 100 of the 105 FIRs registered, the police had prepared an “untraced” report (which means criminals remain untracked). In the remaining five cases, a challan had been submitted to the court with or without producing the accused. Gupta read out the officer’s report prepared in June last year, which stated: “The police have secret agents in the locality in which they work and have the facility of intelligence agencies as well. “If despite that, the identity of the accused is not established even after four months, it may be a case of the police acting silently as a saviour, or it is a case of wilful indulgence to protect the offenders. “If it is not a case of indulgence, it is definitely a case of serious wilful omission and lack of will power and competence. The investigation till date, as apparent from the zimmini, shows lack of expertise, lack of willingness, lack of commitment and lack of seriousness to reach a logical conclusion.” Speculation on Cabinet rejig as BJP looks for UP, U’khand CMs KV Prasad Tribune News Service New Delhi, March 16 The sudden transfer of Manohar Parrikar to Goa and Arun Jaitley holding additional charge of the Defence Ministry resulted in a string of speculation on who all could be in or out at the Centre, even as the BJP leadership got down to the task of selecting new Chief Ministers in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Given the nature of mandate in both states, the BJP leadership — PM Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah — is working on getting a leader in place for UP , where the newly-elected BJP legislature party is scheduled to meet at 5 pm on Saturday. The party also scheduled the Uttarakhand legislature party meeting at 3 pm on Friday and the swearing-in of the new CM is slated for the next day, party sources said here. The names of Prakash Rawat, Trivender Singh Rawat and Satpal Maharaj are doing the rounds. The speculation of Home Minister Rajnath Singh as the possible leader in UP , which gained ground earlier, receded amid a strong statement from the former UP Chief Minister about his preference to stay at the Centre. The pre-poll talk of the possibility of the task being given to Union Minister Manoj Sinha, who repre- Today’s issue is of 22 pages, including four-page Jalandhar Tribune. sents Ghazipur in the Lok Sabha, continues to re-surface amid other names, including that of BJP state chief Keshav Prasad Maurya, who was admitted to a hospital today following health issues. However, since both are from the Lok Sabha and eastern UP the party also , needs to maintain a balance since it won seats from other parts, including Western UP . Meanwhile, reports of Rajnath being shifted triggered a speculation in the corridors of power with some suggesting Jaitley may be given the charge and the Finance portfolio may go to Power Minister Piyush Goyal. continued on page 10 Panel to probe ‘vendetta’ Sarbjit Dhaliwal Tribune News Service Chandigarh, March 16 The Capt Amarinder Singh government will set up a commission of inquiry to look into cases of alleged vendetta by the SAD-BJP government against its political opponents. Sources said a proposal in this regard was being drafted in consultation with legal experts. It was not clear whether it would be a one-man commission. In the run-up to the elections, Capt Amarinder had received several complaints about “false cases” having been slapped on Congress leaders and supporters at the instance of SAD-appointed halqa chiefs in connivance with low-rung police officials. Under the rules, an inquiry commission can be given the powers of a civil court and summon the accused. Besides, it can accept affidavits as evidence. Sources said the government wanted to take the legal route to deal with all cases of political vendetta — an issue that was repeatedly raised by Congress workers at various fora, including the Vidhan Sabha. “Congress workers and supporters walked the extra mile to ensure a resounding victory in these elections. Therefore, Capt Amarinder is keen to free them from the ‘troubles’ they faced during the SAD-BJP government,” said a party functionary. The commission would help gather sound evidence against errant officials. Meanwhile, Capt Amarinder has instructed the police to launch a drive against drug dealers. The transfer of senior officials immediately after assuming charge is part of the roadmap to deal with the menace. He has reportedly told DGP Suresh Arora to improve law and order and wants officers to rein in gangsters. ❝ We have debunked Digvijay’s claim that we don’t have the numbers. It happens when you come to Goa only to enjoy, not to work❞ Manohar Parrikar, GOA CHIEF MINISTER The Congress, which accused the BJP of horse-trading and other unfair means to retain power in the state, could mobilise only 16 votes. The 61-year-old Chief Minister proved his majority with 12 legislators from the BJP , three from the GFP three , from MGP three Indepen, dents and one from the NCP . One BJP MLA was made the protem Speaker. — TNS/PTI Edit: Goa for BJP
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