07122017-JTR-01.qxd 12/7/2017 1:35 AM Page 1 THURSDAY | 7 DECEMBER 2017 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Murder case cracked Architects of change Big stage The police claim to have solved the murder case of Raju Baba, who was killed on November 8. P2 Fifty-two years after the death of Le Corbusier, Rajnish, Deepika savour fruit of year-long labour. P3 Colors Infinity’s homegrown English talent hunt show, The Stage 3, witnessed a spectacular grand finale. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 24°C MIN 07°C | YESTERDAY MAX 25°C MIN 06°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 5.21 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 7.07 AM These young women join battle for ballot Jalandhar, December 6 On the last day of filing nominations, a number of young candidates filed their papers. Punmeet Kaur (25), a commerce graduate, and Anjali Joshi (24), who has done Bed, are among those who filed their nomination papers today. Punmeet is going to contest from Ward No. 31 where posh areas like GTB Nagar and FCI colony is situated. Anjali will be fighting from Ward No. 67. After filing her nominations papers, Punmeet immediately left for the door-to-door campaigning in her ward. Earlier, Paramjit Kaur Pannu was representing the ward. She will be the SAD candidate from the ward. Punmeet is the mother of a two-year-old girl. While speaking to The Tribune, Punmeet said she was feeling very responsible after getting a ticket and filing the nomination papers. “I do not want to let this opportunity go. It has been given by the party and I am fully committed to the welfare of ward residents,” she added. Though the SAD candidate hails from a businessoriented family with no political inclinations, her inlaws have a political background as her husband, Gagandeep Singh, was the vice-president of the Youth Akali Dal in the Doaba zone. Punmeet said she would like to meet people to know their problems and would solve them on a priority basis. Anjali Joshi is going to contest the MC elections as an Independent candidate. However, until yesterday night, the 24-year-old was sure of getting the ticket from the BJP But moments . before filing the nominations papers, she said the party gave the ticket to someone else. Anjali said she would not allow this big ‘shock’ given by the party to dominate on her. Her father Jugalkishor Joshi has served the party for 40 years. “I have decided to fight the MC poll as an Independent candidate because I want to work for the welfare of people. For that, I do not need any party. I just need people to support me,” she added. Anjali was also the joint secretary of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) for two years. She said the party did not recognise her or her father’s contribution. Punmeet Kaur (25). Anjali Joshi (24). Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service SAD supporters during the filing of nomination papers for the MC poll; and (right) Congress supporters in a jubilant mood at the DC office in Jalandhar on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: MALKIAT SINGH 692 file nomination papers on last day Candidates and their supporters throng District Administrative Complex in large numbers Ticket cancellation JALANDHAR VOTES 2017 Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Jalandhar, December 6 The nomination process for the elections to the Municipal Corporation, Municipal Committees of Bhogpur and Goraya and Nagar Panchayats of Nurmahal and Shahkot ended today. As many as 692 candidates are in the fray. While 437 candidates filed their papers for the corporation polls, 68 did so for the Bhogpur Municipal Committee, 58 candidates for Goraya and 64 for the Nagar Panchayat poll in Bilga. As many as 65 candidates filed their papers for the election to the Nagar Panchayat, Shahkot. The candidates along with their supporters starting reaching the District Administrative Complex since morning. Traffic snarls were witnessed as they marched towards the nomination cen- A BJP candidate, along with former MLA Sarbjit Singh Makkar and others, outside the DC office in Jalandhar on Wednesday. tre, flashing their party flags and making victory signs. Those who did not get a chance this time were also seen supporting their party candidates with a hope to be lucky next time. 98 independents in fray As many as 98 aspirants filed their nomination papers as Independent candidates. The Congress candidates are 121 in numbers while the BJP has fielded 70 and SAD 55 candidates. However, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) could find only 46 candidates to contest the polls. The last-minute ticket cancellation of some candidates kept the pot boiling on the last day of filing nominations. As the Congress had released its list of candidates a few hours before the closing of the nomination process, many could not file as Independent candidates. However, playing a stroke at the last minute, the Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) cancelled two tickets just a few minutes before the end of the nomination process, leaving the candidates in the lurch. The SAD also cancelled the ticket of Jyotika Talwar from Ward No. 27 and fielded Harjit Kaur Sohal, a principal and wife of SAD leader Bir Bikram Singh. She will now face Congress’ Aruna Arora. Finally, the Oberoi couple, too, filed nomination papers as Independent candidates from Ward No. 54 and 55. AAP fields only 46 Three-time councillor cries foul Mayor still a male bastion, candidates for poll as Cong drops him at 11th hour says Beri; later retracts Tribune News Service Jalandhar, December 6 After many hours of discussions this morning and declaring that it would announce its candidates shortly, the Aam Admi Party (AAP) today made do with its initial 46 candidates whose lists were released in the past three days. While until 2 pm in the afternoon, the party kept announcing that the remaining candidates would be announced. Eventually, it settled with only the previously released lists. The nomination of the party’s Ward No. 43 candidate Harcharan Singh was also rejected. Since his vote is from Subhana village, he could not be considered eligible to contest the MC poll. District president Babbu Neelkanth said, “The party was screening candidates till late this afternoon. Many from the BJP and the Congress were also being considered but they have not been found up to the mark. Hence, we ditched the new list and stuck to the original one.” While various candidates of the party, including former councillor Bal Krishna Bali’s daughter-in-law Ramandeep Kaur, are contesting as an Independent despite being given a party ticket, Babbu said he wasn’t aware of the reasons behind the same. He said so far, he had not been able to talk to Bali. Babbu confirmed the party would release its manifesto for the MC poll tomorrow. Three AAP candidates, along with the party’s district president and others, after filing their nomination papers at the DC office in Jalandhar on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Three-time councillor Vipan Kumar protests in front of Jalandhar Congress MP Chaudhary Santokh Singh’s residence in Jalandhar on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Tribune News Service Jalandhar, December 6 The Congress today decided to drop the candidature of three-time councillor Vipan Kumar from Ward No. 33, minutes after he filed his nomination papers for the MC poll here. As his ticket was given to Sucha Singh, son of former party councillor Swaran Singh, Vipan held a protest outside the residence of Jalandhar Congress MP Chaudhary Santokh Singh. An SC councillor, who represents the congested Abadpura area, Vipan served twice as a councillor on the BSP ticket. In the last elections, he won as an Independent candidate. He had joined the Congress ahead of the last Assembly elections. The councillor is known to ride a scooter himself for the MC staff in his locality for fogging as a dengue preventive measure, holding camps for the registration of labourers for availing government schemes and popularising them among the downtrodden community using a public address system on a hired rickshaw. He said he felt that the party did not recognise his work. “DCC president Daljit Ahluwalia helped me out rightly in getting the ticket c m y b but the Jalandhar MP and two MLAs — Sushil Rinku and Rajinder Beri — have worked against me and ditched me,” he rued. He came to the administrative complex in the evening to request the returning officer to check the timing Sucha Singh’s affidavit submission. “If the election officers find any discrepancy in his papers, I may get a chance to contest on the party ticket as I too have filed my papers with the Congress authority letter. Alternately, I will continue to remain in the fray and contest as an Independent candidate”, he added. Jalandhar, December 6 Erupting a controversy over the possibility of Jalandhar getting its first woman Mayor, Congress MLA Rajinder Beri today said a woman Mayor could not run the Municipal Corporation of Jalandhar (MCJ). “Only a male Mayor can run a municipal corporation. If the Congress comes to power, we will appoint a male Mayor only,” said Beri. When asked about the reason behind his claim, Beri said, “My assessment says the responsibility of a mayor in Jalandhar cannot be given to a woman, though she can be given the post of Deputy Mayor.” However, women candidates do not seem to be supporting his views. While referring to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Dr Jasleen Sethi, former Congress president of the women’s wing (Urban), said if a woman could run a country, why could not a woman Mayor run a municipal corporation? “It is not the party’s opinion. It can be his personal views. I have got a ticket from a general ward and it showed that the Congress wants to motivate the women cadre in the state,” said Dr Sethi, who is con- thought that the woman Mayor referred here ❝Imy wife. Though she is contesting the MCtopoll, I was will still support Raja as the Mayoral candidate. A woman can be made a Mayor but she has to be well-educated and should have political understanding to run the civic affairs. ❞ RAJINDER BERI, Congress MLA can ❝If a womanrun arun a country, why can’t aIt is woman Mayor municipal corporation? not the party’s opinion. These can be his personal views. I have got a ticket from a general ward and it showed that the Congress wants to motivate the women cadre in the state ❞ DR JASLEEN SETHI, Congress candidate from Ward No. 20 MLA extends support to Jagdish Raja ■ Beri had already extended his support to former Leader of Opposition Jagdish Raja as the Mayoral candidate. . testing the MC poll from Ward No. 20. Beri had already extended his support to former Leader of Opposition Jagdish Raja as the Mayoral candidate. However, with both MLAs — Rajinder Beri and Sushil Rinku — fielding their own wives from their secured constituencies, speculations are making rounds that if the Congress comes to power, either of the woman may be projected as a potential candidate for the Mayoral elections. Though retracting from his statement later, Beri added that he said so in a confusion pertaining to his wife. “I thought that the woman Mayor referred to here was my wife. Though she is contesting the Municipal Corporation poll, I will still support Raja as the Mayoral candidate,” said Beri, adding that a woman can be made a Mayor but she has to be well-educated and should have political understanding to run the civic affairs.
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