01052018-TTC-01.qxd 6/1/2018 1:17 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 friday, june 1, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 150 | 16 pages | ~ 4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd No takers for stake in AI; bidding closes New Delhi: In a major setback to the Air India disinvestment process, the Central government said no initial bids were received for the proposed strategic stake sale of the debt-laden airlines till Thursday, when the deadline for submission of Expression of Interest ended. TNS Ludhiana lad bags 12th rank in CLAT Ludhiana: Vasu Aggarwal (17) of Ludhiana bagged All India Rank 12 in the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), the results of which were announced on Thursday. This year, nearly 63,000 students appeared in the exam for seats in 19 national law schools. TNS Daily Aadhaar target for banks relaxed New Delhi: In a major breather to banks, the UIDAI has reduced by half the daily minimum Aadhaar enrolment target for stipulated bank branches to eight from July 1. It said banks which achieve the fresh target for July will not have to face ‘financial disincentives’ up to that month. PTI /thetribunechd BJP takes back seat, Oppn driver’s BYPOLLS Loses 11 of 14, including Kairana, as regional players set new rules for 2019 Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service New Delhi, May 31 Opposition unity got a booster dose on Thursday as the BJP faced stunning defeats in 11 of the 14 byelections for which results were announced and regional forces emerged on top of electoral charts, signalling a new phase in Indian politics. The ruling BJP faced a crushing defeat in Uttar Pradesh’s Kairana parliamentary segment where Tabassum Hasan, the joint nominee of Rashtriya Lok Dal and Samajwadi Party — backed by Bahujan Samaj Party and Congress —defeated Mriganka Singh of the saffron fold by around 50,000 votes. BJP’s loss in the communally sensitive Kairana stood out considering it had won the segment by over two lakh votes in the 2014 General Election when the Narendra Modi wave swept UP . Of the four Lok Sabha seats where bypolls were held on May 28, the BJP managed to retain only Palghar in Maharashtra, where it defeated a Shiv Sena candidate. Kairana went to the kitty of a united Rashtriya Lok Dal’s Tabassum Hasan, who was backed by various Opposition parties, outside the counting centre after winning the crucial Kairana Lok Sabha byelection on Thursday. PTI EDIT: BYELECTION RESULTS | MORE REPORTS ON PAGE 7 Opposition; Congress’ UPA partner NCP snatched Bhandara-Gondiya in Maharashtra from the BJP and the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party, a BJP ally in the North-East, bagged the Nagaland segment. While the trend of BJP’s losses in parliamentary byelections is not new (it has only won five of 27 Lok Sabha bypolls since its historic 2014 landslide), shockwaves for the saffron party came from states where regional satraps convincingly halted the BJP in nine of the 10 Assembly byelections. The BJP managed to retain only Tharali in Uttarakhand. In UP it lost the Noorpur seat , to SP’s Naim-ul-Hasan, who was propped up by the joint Opposition. Lalu Prasad’s RJD claimed sweet revenge in Bihar by wresting the Jokihat seat from the Nitish Kumar-led JD(U), which deserted the Opposition ranks some time ago to go and settle with the BJP . Maheshtala in West Bengal went to the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC though the BJP was second, pushing the state’s old players CPM and Congress far behind. In Kerala’s Chen- gannur, the ruling CPM-led LDF won comprehensively while Silli and Gomia in Jharkhand went to the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha. In Punjab’s Shahkot also, the Congress dealt a severe blow to BJP ally Akali Dal. An emboldened Opposition saw a clear message in BJP’s multiple defeats. “Victory of a united Opposition,” said Congress’ Pramod Tewari. The results equally established the emergence of a new leader — RJD’s Tejaswi Yadav in Bihar. Though signalling a receding Modi wave, Home Minister Rajnath Singh put a spin on the saffron losses by saying, “You have to take two steps back for a big leap.” Overall, it was a day of defence for the BJP whose , spokesman Sambit Patra came up with this reasoning: “We won 325 seats in UP and formed a government. How did we lose bypolls and win later… because bypoll is fought on local issues.” That said, ahead of the 2019 General Election, Thursday’s most abiding message is that the time for bipolar politics may be over. Congress’ winning candidate Hardev Singh Laddi (garlanded) and senior leaders after the Shahkot byelection victory. MALKIAT SINGH Decisive Shahkot win, Capt moves tally to 78 Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 31 Wresting the Shahkot Assembly seat from the Akalis with a huge margin of 38,802 votes on Thursday, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has emerged even stronger — his move to bring in confidants to aggressively campaign in the area having done exceedingly well. Now, with 78 MLAs in the Assembly, the party has achieved a two-third majority even as the Shiromani Akali Dal tally has fallen to 14. This is the third major win for the Congress since it came Haryana policies on ad hoc staff quashed Punjab ministers spar over raid HC tells govt to advertise regular posts and complete selection process Mohindra, Sidhu slug it out over Tribune report Rajmeet Singh Vijay Mohan Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 31 The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday quashed four policies framed by the Haryana Government four years ago to regularise the services of contractual and ad hoc employees. The ruling has implications for several thousand employees. “We find that the policies dated June 16, 2014, June 18, 2014 and July 7, 2014 (Group- B) and July 7, 2014 (Group-C and Group-D), having been framed in violation of the law laid down by the Supreme Court, deserve to be quashed,” a Division Bench comprising Justice Rajesh Bindal and Justice Anil Kshetrpal ruled while disposing of a bunch of petitions. Framed by Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s government, the policy of June 18 provided that services of Group-C and Group-D employees, Justice Murari is CJ of Punjab-Haryana HC Chandigarh, May 31 Almost a month after the post fell vacant, the Ministry of Law and Justice on Thursday notified the appointment of Justice Krishna Murari as Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. He will be administered the oath on Saturday. His name had been clearedfor elevation last month. The previous incumbent, Justice SJ Vazifdar, had retired on May 3. The next seniormost judge, Justice AK Mittal, has been officiating as the Chief Justice. A senior judge of the Allahabad HC, Justice Murari hails from a family of lawyers and specialises in company matters and consolidation cases. He was made an Additional Judge in 2004 and a Permanent Judge a year later. — TNS Water woes: Acting HP CJ takes stock till 3 am Pratibha Chauhan Tribune News Service Shimla, May 31 Himachal Pradesh High Court Acting Chief Justice Sanjay Karol late Wednesday night visited the Shimla Municipal Corporation control room at the Mall Road where residents of Kaithu locality complained they had been without water since a week. The High Court has restricted the supply of water tankers to VIPs. Taking a round of various localities till almost 3 am, he called officials, including Deputy Commissioner Amit Kashyap, Municipal Commissioner Rohit Jamwal and the Superintending Engineer of the Shimla Jal Prabandhan Nigam. Sources said the Acting CJ went through the complaint registers and sought to know if the complaints had been attended to. “He also checked the record on the supply to various localities through water tankers,” sources said. Meanwhile, with none of the officials concerned making an appearance, the HC on Thursday summoned Principal Secretaries of Irrigation and Public Health as well as Tourism. It had on Wednesday ordered disconnection of supply to defaulters, especially hotels with pending arrears running into lakhs. Residents say that despite town being divided into three sectors and days fixed for supply of water on rotation, the schedule is not being adhered to. Many complain that water is being supplied for a short duration and the pressure is abysmally low. with a minimum of three years’ service as on May 28, 2014, be regularised. Under the policies of July 7, 2014, the government decided to regularise the services of Group-B as well as Group-C and Group-D employees completing 10 years of service as on December 31, 2018. “As there are thousands of employees who had been appointed on ad hoc/contract/ work-charged/daily wages to take care of the work being carried out by them in different departments, we direct that they be allowed to continue for a period of six months, during which the state shall ensure that regular posts, wherever required, are advertised and the process of selection is completed,” the Bench directed. Making it clear that under no circumstances would any temporary employee be allowed to continue thereafter, the court granted them continued on page 7 Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 31 The Punjab Cabinet that met on Thursday reportedly saw senior Cabinet Minister Brahm Mohindra and Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu spar over the surprise check on the official residence of Patiala Mayor by the Local Bodies Department’s Chief Vigilance Officer on Wednesday. The Health Minister and other senior ministers expressed their displeasure over the move against the party’s own Mayor, Sanjiv Bittu Sharma, who is said to be close to former Union Minister Preneet Kaur. Sidhu said there were media reports (“Patiala MC floats tenders for works already done” dated May 30 in The Tribune) that tenders were floated for the renovation work that had already been done. Not convinced, his Cabinet colleagues called it a self-goal by the minister. As the meeting drew to a close, a sulking Sidhu alleged that a party leader in Amritsar was bad-mouthing him and that he was in close touch with the Chief Minister’s OSD. Brahm Mohindra, Cooperation Minister Sukhjinder Randhawa, Rural Development Minister Tript Rajinder Bajwa and Irrigation Minister Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria criticised Technical Education Minister Charanjit Singh Channi for raking up continued on page 7 Candidate Party Hardev S Laddi INC Votes 82,745 Naib S Kohar SAD 43,944 Rattan Singh AAP 1,900 to power, having earlier won the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat and the municipal corporation elections in four big cities. Congress candidate Hardev Singh Laddi Sherowalia polled 82,745 votes. The party had secured 42,008 votes in 2017. Akali candidate Naib Singh Kohar, whose father and exminister Ajit Singh Kohar’s death led to the bypoll, did not get any sympathy votes. continued on page 7 EDcaseagainst AirAsiaofficials New Delhi: After the CBI, the ED has registered a criminal case of money-laundering against AirAsia officials and others for allegedly trying to manipulate government policies through corrupt means to get international licence for its Indian venture AirAsia India Limited. The agency, officials said, had pressed Sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) to probe if alleged tainted funds were used to create illegal assets. — PTI
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