23022018-LT-01.qxd 2/23/2018 12:02 AM Page 1 c m y b FRIDAY | 23 FEBRUARY 2018 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Broad Strokes Cops stressed Arshdeep, Daud shine When it comes to cracking the examination, don’t fret over results; focus on task at hand. P3 Nearly 20 pc of police personnel of Khanna were found to be affected with hypertension. P3 Arshdeep bagged four titles and was adjudged the best athlete of the GADVASU meet. P2 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 28°C MIN 16°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 6:20 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 6:59 AM All set for civic body elections Manav Mander Tribune News Service Ludhiana, February 22 To complete the elections to the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation and bypolls to two wards in Payal and Jagraon Municipal Councils on February 24 smoothly and transparently, the District Electoral Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Agrawal held a meeting with all returning officers (ROs), assistant ROs, sector officials and their police counterparts here today. Commissioner of Police RN Dhoke and election observers also attended the meeting. Agrawal said ROs would not leave their election constituency without his permission and would keep their mobiles switched on. He said each RO would closely supervise entire election process in his respective area. Agrawal further said on the voting day (February 24), only polling staff, senior election officers, ROs, candidate or his polling agent, voter or authorised media representative will be allowed to enter into the polling station. He said the polling agent should be a voter in that election area and only one polling agent would be allowed inside the polling station. He further added that polling supervisors and their staff would reach stations a day before voting and would submit the EVMs at the strong rooms once the voting ends. Proper police security would be given to them. The counting of votes will Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Workers of the Congress party campaign for their candidates on the last day of campaigning for MC elections in Ludhiana on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN The electorate In the Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, around 10.5 lakh voters would exercise their franchise to elect their representatives from 95 wards. Of the electorate, 5.67 are men, 4.82 lakh women and 23 belong to the third gender. Polling stations Videography The District Electoral Officer said 1,153 polling stations (two auxiliary polling stations) would be set up for the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation elections, of which 284 stations had been identified as sensitive where the whole process would be videographed. WARD BREAKUP IN LUDHIANA be held on February 27. Active on WhatsApp Those present at the meeting The DC asked the ROs to videograph polling at all sensitive stations. If any candidate wanted to do it on his own, he should get permission in writing from the RO, which would allow his cameraman to do videography outside the polling station. He asked the ROs to add expenditure of videography to a candidate’s account, if anyone does so. Total wards 95 were asked to create a ‘WhatsApp group’ to keep connected with the team members for communication. He said a General 39 Reserved for women 40 separate WhatsApp group would also be created which would have Commissioner of Police, additional district Top leaders give electioneering a miss Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, February 22 As the din of a ‘dirty and bloody’ fortnight-long poll campaign for 95 wards of the Municipal Corporation in the city came to an end today, for the city residents the election campaign turned out to be entirely different as there were no big public rallies, neither the electorate had the chance to listen to highsounding speeches of senior leaders or star campaigners of the major political parties. Although the civic elections are contested mostly on local and civic issues without much mention of the policies of the political parties, it had been a routine that senior leaders, including party presidents, ministers, and star campaigners of the ruling party as also from the Opposition, have been taking active part in the civic polls as well. And then in the elections to the biggest civic body in the state, all major political parties, the outgoing SAD/BJP Supporters of AAP-LIP alliance seek votes for their candidates in Ludhiana. alliance and the present ruling party Congress, have high stakes. According to local leaders of the parties in the fray, the worst sufferers of the absence of ‘a star-studded’ poll campaign were the first-timers with no political track record and the party leaderships left it to the candidates themselves to run and manage their poll campaign. “Local leaders did chip in to bolster the campaign of some candidates close to them, but others were left to fend for themselves,” said one of the candidate contesting the MC polls for the first time. When the elections to the MC were announced after much delay caused due to the delimitation of wards, the contenders for party tickets from the Congress had high hopes that senior leaders, including the party president, the Chief Minister, his Cabinet colleagues or some star campaigners (like Cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu), would address a couple of rallies to boost the prospects of the party. But all of them were in for a big disappointment as none of these leaders turned up to canvass support for the party or its nominees. Similarly, the candidates put up by the SAD-BJP Continued on page 3 9 strongrooms Nine strongrooms have been set up at nine places to keep EVMs. These strongrooms will be under the surveillance of CCTV cameras round the clock. These cameras will have the facility of WiFi and the election officials and candidates can access camera feed by entering a password from anywhere. Reserved for SCs 7, BCs 2 and women from SCs 7 electoral officer, deputy commissioners of police, election observers, ROs and others as its members. February 24 a holiday in govt offices Ludhiana, February 22 The Punjab Government has declared a holiday in all government offices, corporations, boards, and educational institutions under the jurisdiction of 95 wards of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation and two wards in Payal and Jagraon Municipal Councils in the district where polling would be held on February 24. District Electoral Officercum-Deputy Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Agrawal said if any officer or employee who worked outside the district and was a registered voter of the LMC or two wards in Payal and Jagraon MCs, wished to cast his vote, the concerned authority should sanction special leave to him or her. This special leave will be separate from other sanctioned leaves. This holiday has been declared under The Negotiable Instrument Act, 1881, in order to enable the people to exercise their franchise. — TNS Gangster Gounder’s Kin cry foul after man’s death aide denied bail Tribune News Service Ludhiana, February 22 Additional Sessions Judge Atul Kasana has dismissed a bail application filed by Darshan Singh Bhura, an aide of gangster Vicky Gounder, who was killed in an encounter. Keeping in view the serious nature of allegations and the gravity of offence, the accused does not deserve the benefit of bail, observed the court while dismissing the bail plea. Bhura’s name was includ- 4,000 cops to keep situation under control during polling ed in the case following the recovery of an SUV snatched at gunpoint in the Rajguru Nagar market on November 15. The driver, Pawan Kumar, had suffered a bullet injury. He had gone to pick up his employer Sanjay Garg’s son. Additional Public prosecutor Sukhchain Singh had strongly opposed the grant of bail with the plea that the accused was the member of a notorious gang. — OC Ludhiana, February 22 After a 72-year-old industrialist died of cardiac arrest today, his kin blamed a local MLA, daughter-in-law of the deceased and a local lawyer for his death. However, they did not name the MLA in their complaint. The deceased’s relatives met Police Commissioner RN Dhoke who marked an inquiry to ADCP Surendra Lamba. Naveen Attri of Kitchlu Nagar, in a complaint submit- ted to the police, has alleged that he got married to a girl in 2001 and they had two children in the wedlock. A few years after the marriage, his wife developed illicit relations with a lawyer and she left home in 2014. Later, in connivance with the lawyer, she filed a dowry case against the complainant, his parents and two others. Now, the woman and the lawyer were demanding Rs 1 crore to settle the case. “My wife and the person with whom she had illicit relations c m y b were demanding Rs 1 crore, and were ready to pay Rs 50 lakh. A local MLA was also supporting my wife and they all were exerting mental pressure on my elderly father. Due to the mental torture, his father Om Parkash felt sudden pain in his chest and he was hospitalised. He breathed his last today,” Naveen stated. Attri has demanded that persons who had mentally tortured his father should be booked under the charge of culpable homicide. Ludhiana, February 22 Ludhiana Commissionerate today claimed to have made adequate security arrangements in the city to keep law and order situation under control during the Municipal Corporation elections. As many as 4,000 police personnel will be in the field to ensure peaceful completion of polling and to keep tabs on unwanted elements who could create tension during polling. Police Commissioner RN Dhoke said there would be a total of 458 polling stations in the city with 1,153 polling booths. Of these polling booths, 280 had been declared sensitive by the police. “The police are keeping a close watch over anti-social elements. At all sealing points of the city, 12 special day-andnight nakas have been installed. At these nakas, each and every vehicle will be searched and suspected ele- Supporters of the BJP campaign on Wednesday. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN 40 booked for noisy quarrel during campaigning The Salem Tabri police booked 40 persons for resorting to noisy quarrel and hooting. Those booked belong to the SAD, the BJP and the Congress. A case under Section 160 of the IPC (punishment for committing affray) has been registered. The investigating officer, ASI Kuldeep Singh, said those persons were creating tension in the area, so the police registered a case against them. ments frisked. Around 30 police nakas have been installed at other strategic places, which will remain operational till the counting of votes. As per the security plan, 4,000 police personnel will be in the field,” Dhoke added. Fortyeight teams would conduct patrolling in wards 24X7. Now, door-to-door canvassing Tribune News Service Ludhiana, February 22 Campaigning for the MC elections in Ludhiana and bypolls in two wards of Jagraon and Payal Municipal Councils ended this evening. The candidates can carry out door-to-door campaigning. Section 144 of the CrPC has been imposed in the city that prohibits the assembly of five or more persons in an area. The candidates will have to follow the orders during doorto-door campaigning. On the last of campaigning, many candidates, along with their supporters, carried out roadshows on cars and bikes in wards. Meanwhile, residents complained that the officials concerned had failed to ensure full implementation of the model code of conduct as illegal advertisements were still displayed on public properties in the city. Mann campaigns in 10 wards in city State President of AAP Bhag- want Mann and Co-Chairman Aman Arora campaigned for the candidates of AAP and the Lok Insaaf Party. They appealed to voters to support the AAP-LIP alliance to make the MC corruptionfree. Mann campaigned in Ward No. 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 18, 19 and 24. Politics has become commercialised: Dheera People should vot5e and exercise their democratic right without fear and reject Continued on page 3
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