10022018-LT-01.qxd 2/10/2018 12:22 AM Page 1 c m y b SATURDAY | 10 FEBRUARY 2018 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Parks in mess Minor’s rape Science Congress ends Around 250 parks are in a state of utter ‘neglect’, besides various green belts. P4 The Punjab Education Department has suspended two teachers for moral turpitude. P2 The 21st Punjab Science Congress concludes at the PAU. P2 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 22°C MIN 9°C | SUNSET SATURDAY 6: 09 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 7: 11 AM HC dismisses pleas against Ludhiana MC polls Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 9 The Punjab and Haryana High Court today removed legal hurdles in the process of holding Ludhiana Municipal Corporation poll by dismissing a bunch of petitions challenging the same. The order by the Bench of Justice Mahesh Grover and Justice Rajbir Sehrawat came after the State of Punjab, through its AdvocateGeneral Atul Nanda, claimed that the election process was already on. In a reply submitted before the High Court, Punjab Director Local Government, Punjab, Kamlesh Sharma had earlier stated: “The election process has been started and now cannot be questioned except by way of election petition.” A bunch of petitions was earlier filed before the High Court in the matter. One of the petitions has been filed by Anita Kharbanda and other petitioners. Another petition has been filed by Simaranjit Singh Bains and Balwinder Singh Bains. Sharma claimed that the delimitation process was already complete and notification issued. As such, the election could not be challenged by the petitioner at the current stage. The reply added that the notification for the MC elections had been issued and State Election Commissioner requested to take necessary action. Objections/ suggestions from affected persons, too, were invited after the draft delimitation notification. Dubbing the petition as “totally misconceived”, Sharma added that material facts had not been disclosed. As such, it was liable to be dismissed. Bains brothers also filed a plea alleging discrepancies in delimitation. Counsel for the petitioners said the final voters’ list issued by the Local Government Department contained more voters in some wards than the population. Bains brothers had earlier contended that the process was patently illegal, arbitrary and in complete violation of the Delimitation of Wards of Municipal Corporation Order, 1995. The respondents from the very inception decided to increase the number of wards in the MC from 75 to 95, they said, adding that for achieving their “nefarious designs”, they got a door-todoor survey of population conducted in the area within the MC limits. As per the population survey, some wards witnessed an increase of 50 to 70 per cent population. On the other hand, there was a decrease of more than 50 per cent in other wards. In the other petition, Anita Kharbanda and two other petitioners through counsel Ramdeep Partap Singh contended that ward number 84 had been wrongly declared as a Scheduled Caste ward after ignoring the real facts, population Census and the draft notification dated December 21, 2017. Paramjit Kaur Shivalik of the Akali Dal (Badal) files her nomination papers at the DC office in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Ludhiana: In view of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation elections, a WhatsApp number was launched today. Earlier, a complaint cell was established by MC Commissioner Jaskiran Singh on the directions of District Electoral Officer-cumDeputy Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Agrawal to deal with election-related complaints. Nodal Officer of the cell-cum-MC joint commissioner Poonampreet Kaur said the cell has been set up in MC’s Zone-B office near Samrala Chowk. Residents can call on 0161-2224312 or lodge a complaint on WhatsApp number 6280805734 or send e-mails to email@example.com. It will function till February 24. She said the cell started operating on February 8 and has received five complaints regarding illegal posters and deletion of votes so far. The action is being taken accordingly on these complaints, she said. TNS 32 papers filed on second day Ludhiana: As many as 32 persons filed their nominations on the second day of filing papers for the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation elections today. A total of 43 nominations have been received so far. Additional District Electoral Officercum-Additional Deputy Commissioner Neeru Katyal said on the second day, one nomination each was filed for wards 2, 7, 9, 12, 13, 19, 26, 28, 29, 31, 42, 58, 59, 60, 62, 79, 86, 90, 91 and 94, while two nominations each were received for wards 20, 22 and 56. Three nominations each were received for wards 17 and 74. She said the nomination-filing process, with regard to the Ludhiana MC elections, will be on till February 13. No nomination would be accepted on February 10 and 11 due to government holidays. The nomination papers would be scrutinised on February 15. The date of withdrawing nominations would be February 16 and on the same day, election symbols would be allotted. In Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, around 10.50 lakh voters would cast their votes to elect their representatives from 95 wards, of which 5.67 are males, 4.82 lakh females, while 23 belong to the third gender. The polling would be held on February 24 and the results would be announced on February 27. The voting for ward number 17 in Jagraon municipal council and ward number 5 in Payal municipal council would also be held on February 24. However, no nominations have been filed for elections in Payal and Jagraon municipal councils so far. TNS SNIPPETS Robbers flee with gold, ~1.5 lakh Ludhiana: Two persons entered a house of a yarn trader in Gali No. 3 in Civil City on Thursday evening and looted 15 tola gold ornaments and ~1. 5 cash from a woman after making her unconscious. The woman had to be hospitalised. The miscreants were, however, captured on CCTV cameras. House owner Davinder Singh said his wife Sangeeta was alone at home, when two young boys came and asked her to open the door citing that her husband had met with an accident. The moment she opened the door, miscreants sprayed something and she fell unconscious. Robbers ransacked the house and looted gold and cash. Before fleeing, they locked the house and took the keys along. The police are now scanning the CCTV footage to identify the accused. He said when he came to the house in the evening he found the gate locked and suspecting some foul play, opened the door with duplicate keys and found his wife unconscious. TNS Thieves decamp with ~1.60 lakh Ludhiana: Some unidentified miscreants broke into two medical stores on Tehsil Road, Jagraon, and decamped with cash worth ~1.60 lakh last night. As per the information, the thieves first broke into Dila Ram Medical Store located on Tehsil Road. They entered the store by breaking the shutter of the shop. According to shop owner Monu, there was around ~15-20,000 cash in the locker, which was stolen by the thieves. The thieves then targeted another medical store Punjab Medicos, a few shops away, after breaking the shutter of the shop and decamped with cash worth ~1.40 lakh. Owner Ravish Goel said thieves stole ~1.40 lakh from his shop. “There were total ~1.40 lakh in the locker. Out of the total, ~20,000 were the collection of the counter sale of the past few days, while ~80,000 and ~40,000 were meant to be donated at two religious places," Goel said. The theft incident came to light around 4:30 am today, when some morning walkers noticed the broken shutters of both shops. They informed the owners of both medical stores, who further informed the police.A case was registered against unidentified persons and further investigation is on. TNS c m y b BSP releases list of 16 candidates Ludhiana: The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) released its first list of 16 candidates for Ludhiana MC polls. While releasing the list, party’s state president Rashpal Singh Raju said the names of remaining candidates would be released on Saturday. He claimed that the party would register a historic win in the MC elections. Candidates nominated by the BSP are Naresh Basra from ward 6, Surinder Kaur from ward 11, Malti Devi from ward 13, Kiran Devi from ward 15, Salinder Kaur from ward 16, Anu Chejlana from ward 17, Avtar Singh from ward 22, Suman Devi from ward 23, Ranvijay Yadav from ward 28, Sukhwinder Kaur Gill from ward 31, Navtej Singh Dugri from ward 34, Rachni Bala from ward 65, Geeta Rani from ward 71, Sohan Sidhu from ward 84, Sukhwinder Kaur from ward 89 and Jagdish Lal from ward 95. TNS Cong list of 50 candidates out Ludhiana, February 9 The much-awaited list of Congress candidates for the forthcoming Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (MC) elections was released today. The list contains names of candidates for 50 of the 95 seats, for which elections are scheduled to be held on February 24, a spokesperson of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) said here. In choosing candidates, the party decided to adhere to its formula of going for an optimal mix of experience and youth, with winnability being the key criteria, said the spokesperson, adding that the remaining candidates would also be declared soon.— TNS Chosen ones Ward No. 8 9 11 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 24 25 26 27 28 30 33 35 36 38 39 40 42 45 Name Kuldeep Singh Gulshan Randhawa Asha Garg Kanchan Malhotra Umesh Sharma Jeevan Asha Sharma Vaneet Bhatia Manisha Taparia Navneet Singh Ghayal Kitty Uppal Raj Kumar "Raju" Arora Pal Singh Grewal Satinder Kaur Lalli Sushil Kumar Sheela Baljeet Kaur Resham Singh Garcha Sher Singh Garcha Sunita Rani Sarabjit Kaur Prince Johar Jagmeet Singh Noni Jaspreet Kaur Thukral Anil Kumar Pappi Yadvinder Singh Raju Baljinder Kaur Ward No. 48 52 53 56 58 59 60 61 64 65 68 69 72 73 74 75 76 77 79 83 86 87 90 91 92 93 Name Parvinder Singh Lapran Gurdeep Singh Neetu Pinky Bansal Sham Sunder Malhotra Rajesh Jain Shalu Dawar Anil Parti Saroj Beri Rakesh Prashar Poonam Malhotra Baljinder Singh Bunty Kulwinder Kaur Hari Singh Brar Seema Kapoor Pankaj Kaka Amrit Varsha Rampal Gurpreet Bassi Sneh Balkar Kamlesh Sharma Indu Thapar Ashwani Sharma Kulwant Kaur Dr. Jai Parkash Gurpinder Kaur Sandhu Harvinder Rocky Bhatia Loveleen Kaur Toor CPI to contest 3 seats The CPI will contest the MC poll on three seats and would extend support to a woman candidate contesting as an independent. CPI city secretary Arun Mitra said the party would field Randhir Singh Dhira (Ward No. 78), Sanjay Kumar (Ward No. 94) and Ajit Kumar Chaurasia (Ward No. 95). In Ward No. 7, it would extend support to independent Kulwant Kaur. OC
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