06122017-JTR-01.qxd 12/6/2017 12:47 AM Page 1 WEDNESDAY | 6 DECEMBER 2017 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Bar association Riders on the storm The cards are out Garhshankar Bar Assosiation up in arms over the shifting of police stations P2 Hold on to your breath as preparations for Military Lit Fest unfolds... P3 Final season of House of Cards to return without Kevin Spacey. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 25°C MIN 06°C | YESTERDAY MAX 26°C MIN 07°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 5.21 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 7.07 AM EVENING BEFORE LAST DAY OF NOMINATION Congress releases list of 79 candidates JALANDHAR VOTES 2017 Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Jalandhar, December 5 Just an evening before the last day of the filing of the nomination papers, the Congress today released the names of 79 candidates for the 80-ward MC polls, keeping ward no. 45 pending. Interestingly, while the party has claimed to have followed a policy of one family-one ticket rule, it deviated slightly from it making an exception. The Congress repeated ticket to former Leader of Opposition Jagdish Raj Raja and his wife Anita from ward numbers 48 and 49, respectively. Both were councillors from adjoining wards in the last House. The party, however, rejected couple claims of other candidates choosing two women in the new House which will have 50 per cent reservation. The women candidates from among the couple claimants include last time councillors Aruna Arora and Neerja Jain from wards 27 and 23 respectively. Last time, councillor Amardeep Kaur’s husband Major Singh is party candidate from ward 40. Both had filed claims with the party. Other prominent women to make it in the Congress list are Sunita Rinku, wife of MLA Sushil Rinku, and Uma Beri, wife of MLA Rajinder Beri, from wards 42 and 19, respectively. District Mahila Congress chief Jasleen Kaur Sethi too has been picked from general ward 20. Also, the party has dropped tickets to two of its sitting members Dr. Pradeep and Baldev Raj from Jalandhar West area due to alleged indiscipline, the PPCC press release read, adding that they had revolted against the party earlier and had even been suspend- Former Deputy Mayor Parvesh Tangri holds a balance (SAD symbol) in his hand as he comes for the filing of the nomination papers for the MC polls in Jalandhar on Tuesday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH ed for gross misconduct. Interestingly, while the party has declared that it has not granted tickets to those who left the party in 2012 and 2014, in a move that has further perturbed the workers in the city, the Congress has given preference to those who had left other parties and had joined Congress fold recently. While accusing Congress MLAs of favouritism, Congress leader Sanjay Sehgal said that some MLAs had even got tickets for those people who were not even primary members of the party. “The city is going to witness a friendly match in many wards including ward number 66. The party MLA has fielded a weak candidate from the ward to ensure easy win for BJP candidate Ram Gopal Gupta who helped him in the assembly election,” alleged Sehgal. These decisions were taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh. Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Sunil Jakhar was present at the meeting, held in New Delhi, along with SNIPPETS Rigorous imprisonment to drug peddler Hoshiarpur: The court of the Additional District and Sessions Judge Ranjan Kumar Khullar convicted the accused held for narcotics smuggling and sentenced him to two months rigorous imprisonment. A fine of Rs 5,000 has also been imposed on him. If the penalty is not paid, he will have to undergo additional imprisonment of 15 days,the court said. Haryana Police ASI Ajit Singh had laid a blockade on June 3, 2015 near Radha Soami Satsang Ghar, near canal bridge when they nabbed the convict with 35 gm of narcotic powder. The accused has been identified as Baljit Singh, a resident of Khepada. The police had registered a case against the accused under the NDPS Act. Today, the court convicted and sentenced Baljit Singh to two months of rigorous imprisonment. —OC Six-month RI for smuggling liquor The court of the CJM here on Tuesday sentenced two liquor smugglers to six months’ imprisonment and also imposed a fine on them.During a campaign against miscreants on June 18, 2013, in Naloian village, a pick-up van coming from the Dasuya side was asked to stop by the police. The persons in the vehicle ran away, leaving the vehicle there, but the police managed to nab them. When the police party searched the pick-up, 20 cases of whisky were recovered from it. When the police sought liquor-related documents from the accused, they could not present any. The police had registered a case under the Excise Act against Bans Avan Tanda resident Bakshish Singh, alias Sonu, and Jatinder Kumar, alias Moni, of Bhoore Pinti Khair Tanda in this regard. —OC Congress candidate Des Raj Jassal during filing of nomination papers for MC polls in Jalandhar on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH AICC secretary and Punjab in-charge Asha Kumari and AICC secretary Harish Chaudhary. 53 filed nominations, only 2 from Congress As many as 53 nomination papers were filed by various candidates today for the elections of Municipal Corporation Jalandhar (MCJ) and for Municipal Committees of Bhogpur and Goraya besides Nagar Panchayats of Nurmahal and Shahkot. While 28 candidates filed their papers for the elections of Municipal Corporation Jalandhar whereas two candidates filed their papers for election of Municipal Committee Bhogpur. Likewise, 20 candidates filed their nomination papers for the election of Municipal Committee Goraya, whereas three candidates filed their nominations for polls of Nagar Panchayat Bilga. The District Administrative Complex was today abuzz with a sea of party workers who kept on thronging the complex since morning along with their candidates to file his nomination. Dancing to the dhol beats, some women supporters even performed giddha at the venue to pep up the election atmosphere. Also, some distributed sweets to mark the beginning. Amongst the prominent candidates who filed their nominations today was Akali Dal candidate Jaspal kaur along with her husband and former Senior Deputy Mayor Kamaljit Bhatia, former independent councillor Raminder Kaur Dhindsa from ward number 15, former Deputy Mayor Parvesh Tangri from ward number 36. Also, former councillor today filed independent nomination for his daughter Neerja from ward number 57 and his daughter in law Ramandeep Bali from ward number 55. Interestingly, while the Congress released its official list in late evening, Congress’s former councillor Balraj Thakur filed his nomination in the morning itself. When asked, Thakur said he did so after getting an official confirmation from the party high command. Former councillor Jassal too filed his nomination from ward number 80. The major attraction in today’s nomination was found to be of young BJP candidate Kiran Jagota from ward number 19, who would contest election against Congress MLA Rajinder Beri’s wife Uma Beri. Kiran is one amongst the youngest of candidates who are in the poll fray. She is the daughter of BJP’s Aadati cell leader Ajay Jagota. Dhindsa finally gets to contest on SAD symbol The wife of SAD leader Iqbal Singh, Raminder Kaur Dhindsa, had been contesting and winning as independent councillor earlier as the ward which she hails from was in BJP kitty. After changes in the ward sharing between the alliance partners today after recent delimitation, she finally managed to get picked as SAD candidate from ward 15. Dhindsa is a loyalist of ex-MLA Sarabjit Makkar. He had to be expelled and rejoined in the Poor drainage, stray dogs worry residents WARD WATCH (NO. 31) Tribune News Service Jalandhar, December 5 Enter Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar and beautiful big homes and wide roads welcome you. But as they say, all that glitters is not gold. The adage goes well with this area which now comes under ward number 31. Earlier, this ward number was 60. Residents in this high-profile area have issues like stray dogs, commercialisation taking place on a large scale, scattered garbage, water getting accumulated in the rains etc. Ashwini Kumar, a dryclean shop owner who has been working here for the past 12 years, said garbage problem and non-working streetlights near shops are a big problem. “We want that whoever comes here should definitely pay heed to our problems and get us out of these issues,” said Kumar. Ravinder Dhir, an industrialist, said commercialisation was taking place at such a fast pace that residential colonies would be lost in the coming days and the Nagar would lose its identity. “Another problem is water accumulation during the rains which is why I often ask my relatives not to come to meet us when it rains. This is the condition of this area,” he said. The market in the Guru A non-functional street-light. Tegh Bahadur Nagar market lacks lights due to which it becomes difficult for shopkeepers to step out in the evening. Amandeep Kaur, a bakery owner, said in the evening, it gets really difficult for them to step out in the absence of lights. “I often remove my rings and earrings whenever I close the bakery because any untoward incident can happen. So my major demand is that at least the street-lights must be installed in the market area,” said Kaur. Harsharan Kaur Happy, who has got a ticket from the Congress to contest from this ward, said stray dog and sewerage problems are the ones which would be looked on a priority basis if she won the elections. “Every problem will be tackled after talking to residents,” she said. However, Parminder Kaur Pannu who was the councillor of the ward, said this was a beautiful ward and no big problem ailed the ward. 18 injured in road mishap PHAGWARA: Eighteen passengers sustained serious injuries when a Sangrur-bound PRTC bus (PB-13AL-9842) collided with two canters near Khurampur village on the Phagwara-Hoshiarpur Road on Tuesday evening. The injured passengers Raju Rani, Ankit, Rakesh, Harpreet Singh, Lallu, Sukhwinder Singh, Rajoo Devi, Kashi, Rupinder, Ashwini, Ashok, Pyar Chand, Kishan, Hem Raj, Pooja, Bakshi, Vinod were admitted in the local Civil Hospital. The traffic which was suspended after the accident could be restored after removing the damaged bus and tankers from the road with the help of a JCB. The police have registered a case and are investigating the matter. oc ‘I used to carry out all operations by night’ Suresh Sehgal known for bold decisions MC THEN AND NOW The tenure of Suresh Sehgal is remembered for removing major encroachments in the city, including 14 illegally constructed mazaars at important intersections of the city, widening of the 10-foot road from Sodal Temple to Deen Dyal Upadhaya Nagar to 100 feet by removing industrial encroachments, removing several shanties in the now PUDA complex area, sanctioning of six flyovers for the city, shifting of dairies from city to the Jamsher complex after the eviction of 105 acres of MC land and setting up of waste to compost plant at Wariana after designating it as waste dumping site for the city. Tribune News Service Jalandhar, December 5 A national-level gold medallist in wrestling, who turned to become the second Mayor of the Municipal Corporation, Jalandhar, Suresh Sehgal (68, popularly known as Pehalwan) is remembered in the city for some of his bold decisions. Then a BJP leader, the tenure of Sehgal is remembered for removing major encroachments in the city, including 14 illegally constructed mazaars at important intersections of the city, widening of 10-foot road from Sodal Temple to Deen Dyal Upadhaya Nagar to 100 feet by removing industrial encroachments, removing several shanties in the now PUDA complex area, sanctioning of six flyovers for the city, shifting of dairies from city to the Jamsher complex after the eviction of 105 acres of MC land and setting up of waste to compost plant at Wariana after designating it as waste . Ex-Mayor Suresh Sehgal at his residence in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH dumping site for the city. The tall and well-built Sehgal, who had good relations with late Prime Minister IK Gujral and a strong backing of the then Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and then Local Bodies Minister Balram Dass Tandon, got removed all 14 mazaars by one night. “Keeping the mat- c m y b ter secret, I called the team at my camp office late night. Then Additional Commissioner DP Jain joined us. The JCB man was not ready to move the machine owing to his religious beliefs. I threatened him with suspension orders. Before dawn, all mazaars, including those at GNM Chowk, DAV College, HMV College, KMV College, bus stand and Gulab Devi Road had been removed and roads too had been paved. As people came out for morning walk, they all got a surprise. This was one work for which I am still remembered and appreciated by city residents.” Sehgal, who had now MLA Rajinder Beri, ex-MLA Raj Kumar Gupta, now MLA Sushil Rinku’s father Ram Lal, as his contemporaries, says the bridges which he got sanctioned included Domoria Overbridge, near Rama Mandi, DAV College, Lyallpur Khalsa College, Pathankot bypass and Verka milk plant. Sehgal’s tenure was also marked by another political angle. “When I became Mayor on May 23, 1997, neither my party nor the SAD-BJP alliance got majority. Together, we won from 22 out of 55 wards. So, I got independent councillors with me. I also managed to pull along four BSP councillors. In return, I got Bachan Lal, a BSP councillor, placed as my Deputy Mayor.” Sehgal, who had moved to the Congress, then the SAD and has again Congress leanings, says, “I have some regrets. The subsequent mayors have not maintained well the big projects that I got launched like dairy complex and the Wariana plant. I wish I get another tenure to set things right. But I have not contested myself again as I lost the Assembly polls to the Congress’ Avtar Henry and did not get the MLA ticket thereafter. My bhabhi Suman Sehgal was a councillor in the last MC House. This time, we wanted the next generation to step in, but there is the marriage of my younger son due for December 10 and we shelved off the plan for five years.”
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